Justice Won! Daewoosa Owner Arrested

June 20, 2001

June 20, 2001

Click here to view Daewoosa, American Samoa campaign page.

The Daewoosa sweatshop in American Samoa - where 252 mostly young Vietnamese women sewing clothing for U.S. companies were held under conditions of indentured servitude - is now closed. Daewoosa's owner, Mr. Kil-Soo Lee, was arrested by two FBI agents on March 23, and imprisoned on charges of violating U.S. involuntary servitude and forced labor statutes. To date, these Vietnamese workers have won $350,000 in back wages from U.S. companies - though Wal-Mart refuses to pay a single cent in back wages owed the women from when Wal-Mart's Beach Cabana label was sewn at the Daewoosa factory.

Especially important, 170 of the Vietnamese workers are now in the U.S. under safe haven, house mostly with religious communities across America. Had these workers been deported to Vietnam, they would have faced government oppression, bureaucracy, and imprisonment.

Mr. Kil-Soo Lee is being held without bail and his trial is set for September 25th.

Solidarity Works!