TEMPORARY RESTRAINING ORDER IN AMERICAN SAMOA VIETNAMESE WORKERS CASE

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PAGO PAGO, American Samoa (April 10, 1999 - Radio Australia)---The High Court of American Samoa has issued a temporary restraining order forbidding the territorial government from deporting 50 Vietnamese women employed to work in a local garment factory.

The group includes three women whose immigration clearance and employment contracts with Daewoosa Samoa were terminated because the Korean company said they were "troublemakers." But the women's attorney, Barry Rose, said they had simply left the factory grounds looking for food because Daewoosa Samoa was not feeding them, as required in the employees’ work contracts. The company denies that allegation.

The women were jailed for several days at Daewoosa Samoa's request, and an unsuccessful attempt was made to deport them through neighboring Samoa, but the women since have been placed in a government shelter at Mr. Rose's request.

Court affidavits said the 50 women signed contracts with a Vietnamese company that requires paying the workers US$ 390 a month and providing them with room and board to work at Daewoosa Samoa.

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