Human trafficking suspects arrested

China | Agence France-Presse Jan 23, 2019
Seven suspected members of a human trafficking ring have been arrested in Taiwan over the disappearance of 152 Vietnamese who went to the island to work illegally, authorities said yesterday. Taiwan authorities have been searching for the missing Vietnamese since last month after they landed on tourist visas under an initiative to attract more visitors in a bid to boost tourism as visitors from China decline. Some 88 of the Vietnamese had been located yesterday, the National Immigration Agency said. Prosecutors were investigating those arrested for violating immigration, human trafficking and other laws. "The ring collaborated with Vietnamese human trafficking groups to operate in Taiwan and Vietnam, recruiting Vietnamese to come to Taiwan under the pretext of sightseeing. Some people have fallen victim to sexual exploitation due to rising debt," it said. According to the tourism bureau, around 400 tourists have previously gone missing under the program, although it is not clear how many have since been found.

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