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Exploited Indonesian worker rescued

2012/04/14 21:21:46

Taipei, April 14 (CNA) An Indonesian woman who entered Taiwan for the stated purpose of getting married only to be put to work, has been rescued from her exploitative employer and is currently staying at a detention center in Taichung, a city immigration investigator said Saturday.

The 38-year-old woman, named Mimi, was found along with two runaway workers from Indonesia at a tofu factory in Wuri District on Feb. 16, after local immigration investigators received a tip-off that the factory had been illegally employing migrant workers.

Investigators said Mimi came to Taiwan in 2005 to get married but no sooner did she arrive than she was put to work at the tofu factory under harsh conditions.

Over the past six years and eight months, Mimi has been forced to work 12-hour days, six days a week, without being paid overtime.

"Mimi started work at 4 a.m. and left around 6 p.m., and was only allowed a break of 30 minutes," the investigator said.

"Overall, she worked 5,106 extra hours and the unpaid overtime reached nearly NT$1 million (US$33,892)," he said.

After being rescued, Mimi was taken to a local detention center. She could face deportation, because her passport, which her employer confiscated, has expired.

(By Huang Chin-kung and Scully Hsiao)