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Two Chinese nabbed with forged passports

2011/08/30 22:01:21

Taipei, Aug. 30 (CNA) A man and a woman from China were taken to the district prosecutors office in Taoyuan, northern Taiwan, Tuesday after they were discovered at Taiwan Taoyuan International Airport attempting to fly abroad using forged passports.

The couple were found acting suspiciously at the airport's Terminal 2 the previous night by Immigration Agency agents serving in the Border Affairs Corps during a search for human trafficking suspects, one of the agents said.

Upon taking them in for questioning, they found the Singapore passports they were carrying were fake, and the couple then said they are from China's Fujian Province.

They confessed that they spent US$80,000 to buy the fake passports from a human trafficking ring in China and planned to sneak into the United States to find work.

They first flew from Guangzhou to Bangkok, Thailand, from where they traveled to Taiwan using forged Taiwanese passports. Their next step was to have been a flight destined for Los Angles, traveling on the fake Singapore passports, the agent said.

(By Bien Chin-feng and Elizabeth Hsu)