Definitions of Human Trafficking - American Samoa

Date: July 2020

Defined in Child Protection Law

Citation: Ann. Code § 45.2001(a)(1)

The terms 'abuse' or 'child abuse or neglect' include the following acts or omissions:

  • When a child is subjected to sexual offenses, including rape, sexual assault, sexual abuse, or indecent exposure
  • When a child is allowed, permitted, or encouraged to engage in prostitution
  • When a child is allowed, permitted, or encouraged to be the subject of obscene or pornographic photographing, filming, or depicting

Definitions of Labor Trafficking

This issue is not addressed in the statutes reviewed.

Definitions of Sex Trafficking of Minors

Citation: Ann. Code § 46.3705

A person commits the crime of promoting prostitution in the first degree if he or she knowingly does the following:

  • Promotes prostitution by compelling a person to enter into, engage in, or remain in prostitution
  • Promotes prostitution of a person younger than age 16

The term 'compelling' includes the following:

  • The use of forcible compulsion
  • The use of a drug or intoxicating substance to render a person incapable of controlling his or her conduct or appreciating its nature
  • Withholding or threatening to withhold dangerous drugs or a narcotic from a drug-dependent person