POSTED: 03:52 a.m. HST, Sep 21, 2013
LAST UPDATED: 03:53 a.m. HST, Sep 21, 2013
HAGATNA, Guam » Prosecutors in Guam plan to seek life sentences for two police officers convicted of compelling women into prostitution at a karaoke lounge.
Pacific Daily News reports Anthony Quenga and David Manila were convicted Friday.
Prosecutors have said the owner of the Blue House lounge used connections with the officers to intimidate Micronesian migrant women into prostitution. The owner has been sentenced to life in federal prison.
Manila's attorney Terry Timblin says his client will probably appeal after sentencing.
Quenga's lawyer Sylvia Stake, says the jury gave testimony from victims too much credit and didn't fully understand the case's details.
Former employees of the lounge testified during the monthlong trial that the officers regularly told them they would be arrested if they didn't listen to orders from the owner.
The women were lured from Micronesia with promises of higher-paying jobs at stores and restaurants. The lounge secretly operated as a brothel, with customers able to have sex with workers if they paid $40 for a can of beer.
The officers were also convicted of rape for having sex with workers in one of the lounge's VIP rooms.
Attorney General Leonardo Rapadas says more police officers are being investigated. He said he believed Quenga and Manila were the most serious offenders.