By: Chao Li-yen, Kun Chuan and Elizabeth Hsu
Taipei, May 26 (CNA) The National Immigration Agency (NIA) has cracked a child smuggling ring involving Vietnamese children and youths, who were brought to Taiwan posing as the children of Taiwanese fathers and Vietnamese mothers, but were in fact put to work as child labor on arrival in Taiwan.
Seventeen couples comprised of Taiwanese men and Vietnamese women were arrested during raids by over 150 NIA investigators and prosecutors at locations in central and southern Taiwan over the past few days, the NIA Taichung City Specialized Operation Brigade said on Friday.
During the raids, three boys and eight girls from Vietnam were identified as having been smuggled into Taiwan over the past few years posing as children born to the couples, the brigade said. [FULL STORY]