By: Tang Pei-chun and Lilian Wu
Taipei, May 6 (CNA) Passports of the Republic of China (Taiwan), which now receive visa-free treatment in around 140 countries and regions, have become subject to counterfeiting by international human trafficking rings, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs said Wednesday.
Among those forging ROC passports, Chinese nationals are the main culprits, Deputy Foreign Minister Simon Ko (柯森耀) said when briefing legislators on proposed amendments to regulations enforcing passport laws.
Ko said ROC passport holders can travel to 140 countries or regions visa-free, making the passport desirable for human traffickers eager for easy access to third countries. [FULL STORY]