By: Huang Kuo-fan and Evelyn Kao
Taipei, Sept. 20 (CNA) Six people in northern Taiwan’s Hsinchu county have been arrested on suspicion of human trafficking and forcing runaway female migrant workers into prostitution, the authorities said Sunday.
The National Immigration Agency’s (NIA) special operations unit in Chiayi City said it received a tip-off earlier this year that a man from Hsinchu, surnamed Wu, and some karaoke club operators were running a human trafficking ring and forcing absconding female migrant workers into prostitution.
In a joint operation with prosecutors in Hsinchu and Tainan, the NIA unit arrested six suspects and rescued 10 runaway female workers in five hideouts in Hsinchu, according to Huang Yi-hsiung (黃義雄), deputy head of the unit.
Wu was arrested once about three years ago on similar suspicions, but he allegedly set up a bigger operation by partnering with karaoke club operators this year, according to Huang. [FULL STORY]