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Eldorado

11yrs for Samoan chief who enslaved villagers

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Eldorado

"A New Zealand-based Samoan chief has been sentenced to 11 years in prison for human trafficking and using 13 of his countrymen as slaves over a 25-year period.

"Joseph Auga Matamata, 65, also known as Villiamu Samu, was found guilty on 10 counts of trafficking and 13 counts of slavery following a five-week trial at the high court in Napier in March.

"During sentencing on Monday, Justice Helen Cull described Matamata’s offending as “abhorrent”, and ordered him to pay NZ$180,000 ($120,000) in reparations to his victims, RNZ reported, with the crown seizing half of Matamata’s assets last month in a bid to recover funds for the reparations."

Full report at the UK Guardian: Link

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third_eye

Too bad... 

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quiXilver

I figure the Chief got off very light with that sentence.

Were I the Judge, he'd be imprisoned for as many years as he held people against their will...

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Kismit

I was absolutely appalled to read about this yesterday.  The depths of depravity required to treat people as things. Just evil.

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