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Published On: Mon, Jul 10th, 2017

Taipei police cracked down on human trafficking and forced prostitition ring

nsnbc : Police in the Taiwanese capital Taipei raided several premises in Taoyuan and New Taipei City and rescued nine foreign women who are forced into prostitution. A 43-year-old alleged mastermind and six associates were also arrested and charged with offenses against morality and human trafficking.

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The alleged mastermind, Chen, and his ring targeted female migrant workers from Southeast Asia whose contracts were about to end at industrial estates in Taipei, New Taipei and Taoyuan.

He allegedly talked those women into accepting better-paid jobs and later took their passports and forced them into prostitution.

The women who were “rescued” are from Thailand, Indonesia, Vietnam and Taiwan, the Criminal Investigation Division under Taipei City Police Department said. Police claims that the gang was found to use drugs to control the victims, and force them into prostitution.

One Thai victim named, here named Nataya told police that she entered Taiwan on a tourist visa. Chen and his associates allegedly forced her to work for them by first getting her addicted to drugs and threatened her with guns, telling the victim that no one would ever notice even if she’s gone missing in Taiwan. During the investigation, the police found that the gang placed sex service ads on online forums, with prices ranging from NT$1,800 (US$58.8) to NT$3,000, the police said.

CH/L – nsnbc 10.07.2017

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