Feature - Casino Corruption on Saipan Island
Saipan Island, in the Northern Mariana Islands, has been a US territory ever since it was captured from Japan during a notoriously bloody battle in 1944. Until the 1990s, the island’s economy relied almost entirely on the American military presence. For ten years, beginning in the late-90s, the garment industry exploited unregulated labor regulations and since then, the island has been a fledgling tourist destination.
In 2014 a Chinese casino operation arrived and took advantage of special US tax and labor policies granted to the Northern Marianas. By 2017, though still under construction, the...