Friday, December 18, 2009


“Prostitution in Samoa”, this headline, subsequent expose, plus the shock of the police chief to learn that prostitution exists in Samoa became the most widely read story of the year. The undercover reporter, Tia/Roselina Kapeli, is a member of my host family, a journalism student, and part-time employee of the newspaper. She is now a minor celebrity and needs to be driven or take cabs after one of the prostitutes beat her up when she was discovered to be a reporter. Prostitution is punishable by five years in prison.

You can read her story at (Paper editor did not use her name in byline to protect her). I am really proud of her. Who knows what lies ahead?

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