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Prosecutors to seek life sentence in Guam sex case

By Associated Press

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.

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Anonymous wrote:
Guam ?? Where did they learn to do that kind of stuff ?? Need to cut off their "ala's" !!
on September 21,2013 | 06:00AM
awahana wrote:
Lots of corruption in Guam. Worse than Hawaii.
on September 21,2013 | 06:04AM
cojef wrote:
Corruption learned from white man who corrupted the morals of the islands. Theirs were a carefreeand naive lifestyle until the white men came.
on September 21,2013 | 07:20AM
allie wrote:
ridiculous and racist statement that demeans the real people of Guam who are just as complex and contradictory-a d subject to evil and sin-as anyone else.
on September 21,2013 | 08:20AM
Grimbold wrote:
Cojef , you are totally ignorant of human nature. Corruption is part of all of us and occurs in every race. Only proper upbringing and the fear of punishment can prevent it.
on September 21,2013 | 09:08AM
allie wrote:
on September 21,2013 | 12:05PM
bigislandkurt wrote:
Obviously the editors of this piece fail to realize that Guam is part of Micronesia. To better describe the victims, the writer should have been more specific about the country or island state they came from. By not doing so, the whole article is structurally incorrect.
on September 21,2013 | 08:03AM
PokeStop wrote:
Did I read correctly "Micronesian prostitutes?" Dang that is not a pretty "thing" to look at in the bed! Ouch!
on September 21,2013 | 10:11AM
allie wrote:
on September 21,2013 | 12:05PM
AmbienDaze wrote:
just the idea of "Micronesian prostitutes" turns me off. might even turn me gay if that's all there was to pick from.
on September 21,2013 | 01:37PM
Geb wrote:
Obviously a lot of this bars patrons find a gold grill very appealing.
on September 21,2013 | 06:42PM
joseph007 wrote:
that's funny!
on September 22,2013 | 08:21AM
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