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11 Vietnamese women and clients arrested for alleged prostitution

2018/01/19 21:27:29

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Taipei, Jan. 19 (CNA) 11 Vietnamese women, and two clients have been arrested for allegedly engaging in prostitution in a building on Section 2, Xinsheng North Road in Taipei, according to police Friday.

Hsueh Po-wen (薛博文), head of Taipei Police Department Zhongzheng Second Precinct's Xiamen Street police station, said prosecutors were recently informed by a member of the public that many of the rented suites in the building on Xinsheng North Road were being used by prostitutes to entertain customers.

Prosecutors and the police launched an investigation and together with the National Immigration Agency's (NIA) Specialized Operation Brigade raided the premises, arresting the women and their clients.

The women were instructed to rent the suites to conduct business, with each woman renting an individual suite to avoid detection, according to the police.

The business was advertised on online forums and social media using photos of beautiful women that did not match the women arrested at the scene, said the police.

After an initial investigation, the police found that the 11 women were all migrant workers who had overstayed their visas. They have been charged with "sex offenses" and will be processed by the NIA's Specialized Operation Brigade, while the male clients will be penalized for violations of the Law for Maintaining Social Order.

(By Liu Chien-pang and William Yen)