By: Elaine Hou
Taipei, May 5 (CNA) Taiwan’s representative office in Australia said Tuesday
that it has taken measures to deal with reported exploitation of Taiwanese workers on working holiday visas in that country.
Concerned about an Australian Broadcasting Corp. (ABC) investigation that has revealed foreigners toiling in slave labor conditions, the Taipei Economic and Cultural Office in Australia said it has immediately contacted the Australian immigration authorities and law enforcement agencies and has urged them to probe the report.
Australia, which does not have a capped quota for working holiday program participants, is the most popular destination for Taiwanese young adults seeking working holiday programs.
Using footage from secret cameras, the ABC investigation found that some migrant workers are being grossly underpaid and working up to 18 hours a day in harsh conditions, an AFP report said. [FULL STORY]