|Absconded female foreign worker freed from sex trafficking||1163||F.A.S.||2014-05-24|
A prostitution ring, which was run by a Taiwanese female surnamed Lai, was cracked by immigration officers of Maioli County specialized brigade, NIA, in cooperation with Hsinchu County police officers. A betel nut stand was set up at the gate of the brothel, which was disguised as a hotel, in order to screen the activities around the criminal site and to avoid the investigation that was carried out by the law enforcement agencies. The Absconded female foreign worker, who was forced into prostitution, saved by the officers and cried out that the traffickers intimidated her to receive patrons even during her period and that she received less than half of the profit.
“There were a number of secret tunnels in the brothel and the gates that lead to the tunnels were carefully locked, with CCTV screening the building. After a 4-month investigation, the arrest warrant was issued by the prosecutor allowing the Maioli immigration officers and the Hsinchu County police officers to make the arrest of the suspects. The Taiwanese female surnamed Lai, three accomplices and the foreign victim, an absconded foreign worker, were brought back and detained in Chupei Police Precinct and a large amount of condoms, lubricants and account books were collected as criminal evidence” said Hsinchu County Police Bureau.
The criminal organization controlled the prostitutes on a 24-hour-a-day basis and they were dispatched by cars once the patrons ordered their service, indicated by the Maioli specialized brigade, NIA. For each service the patron will pay NT$1,200, but the prostitutes can only get NT$500 after the criminals have their share in the profit. The absconded female foreign worker, named Jane, confessed to the officers that she is a single mother who wished to make money in Taiwan to provide a better life for her son and parents. However her dream of making money had finally turned out to be a life of intimidation after she absconded from her employer and unfortunately was coaxed into coerced prostitution. “We hope that the foreign workers could abide by the laws so that they can have a better protection under Taiwanese laws. Furthermore we also hope that they can understand that law enforcement agencies in Taiwan are stepping up their efforts to safeguard foreigners’ safety, whether their stays in Taiwan are legal or illegal, especially those who have a high risk of being illegally trafficked” said HSinchu County Police Bureau.