$950,000 awards to a sex tourism victim

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After a three-day trail by a federal jurors in Minneapolis, Minnesota, $950,000 was awarded to Panyia Vang for a case involving sex tourism.

SUAB HMONG NEWS (05/12/2017) –  After a three-day trail by a federal jurors in Minneapolis, Minnesota, $950,000 was awarded to Panyia Vang for a case involving sex tourism.

According to her lawsuit, Panyia Vang was a 14-year-old singer living in the northern part of Laos.  In 2006 when a man from Minnesota flew to her home and offered her a music video audition.   After a 12-hour bus ride to the capital city of Vientiane, the man took her to a hotel room and brutally raped her, the suit says.

The man is known as Thiawachu Prataya.  Prataya was never criminally charged with the alleged sexual assault.

The jury took about 10 hours to find Prataya guilty and award Vang $950,000 on Thursday May 11, 2017.

“In a minute, my life changed,” Vang testified at trial. ”My body was ruined. My prospects for marriage, my family’s reputation ruined. How could this happen?”

Prataya, 54, now lives in Missouri.