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36 arrested for working illegally, overstaying visas in Taiwan

2019/06/16 15:59:06

Taipei, June 16 (CNA) Thirty-six foreign nationals were arrested in separate raids in Yunlin County and Taichung carried out by the National Immigration Agency (NIA) on Saturday as part of a crackdown on illegal foreign workers and people who overstay their visas.

Special agents of the NIA's Yunlin branch joined with local law enforcement officers in a raid of a house where 27 foreign nationals were found and arrested, including one underage girl who hid in a clothes closet, the Yunlin branch said in a statement issued Sunday.

The girl was found to have overstayed her tourist visa and was later detained in accordance with the law, the statement said. The others were found to have either also overstayed their visas or were working in Taiwan illegally.

Aside from the 27 foreign nationals, another 14 Taiwanese were arrested during the raid, consisting of eight employers, three illegal migrant worker brokers, a theft suspect and two suspected sex offenders, according to the statement.

Meanwhile, a special agent team of the NIA's Taichung branch apprehended nine Vietnamese, who had either left their contracted employers or overstayed their visas, at a construction site in Qingshui District on Saturday.

They will be soon expelled from Taiwan, the NIA's Taichung branch said in a statement Sunday.

The Taichung NIA special agents said they were still looking for the brokers who arranged the illegal jobs for the arrested foreign nationals and the people who employed them.

They noted that companies that employ foreign workers illegally could face fines between NT$150,000 (US$4,860) and NT$750,000.

(By Hao Hsueh-chin and Evelyn Kao)