When nine Vietnamese women arrived atVirginia Lynn Sudbury'ssmall law office in Pago Pago, on the island of Tutuila in the territory of American Samoa, she wasn't certain she would take the case. The women, workers at the Daewoosa garment factory, were trying to get the company to pay them their promised wages. She decided to take the case, however not knowing that it would take years to resolve.Sweatshops in Paradisetells the first-person account of the notorious garment factory/sweatshop class-action lawsuit Nga v. Daewoosa, which took place in the territory of American Samoa from 1999 until 2001. This precedent-setting case drew international attention to the issues surrounding involuntary servitude and trafficking in human beings in far-flung US territories. Written bySudbury, who acted as the lead plaintiff attorney,Sweatshops in Paradisenarrates the story of some three hundred Vietnamese and Chinese workers who were brought to American Samoa to work in the Daewoosa garment factory. There, they encountered civil injustices, rampant abuse, and imprisonment at the hands of the Korean factory owner and the local government.
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December 06, 2012
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