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Police bust prostitution ring in Taipei

2017/03/18 16:45:59

Photo courtesy of Taipei City Police Department's Wanhua Precinct

Taipei, March 18 (CNA) Police busted a prostitution ring in Taipei's Wanhua District on March 14, and have handed 11 individuals over to prosecutors on charges including human trafficking and offenses against morality, Taipei police said Saturday.

Five Taiwanese women, and three from China who entered Taiwan on tourist visas, were recruited by the prostitution ring, which operated out of an apartment building located within 100 meters of a police station, Taipei City Police Department's Wanhua Precinct said in a statement.

Police found that the ring members would send information about the prostitutes to potential clients through the popular messaging app Line, after which clients would make their selections through mobile phones or computers.

A total of 11 individuals, including ring members and clients, were handed over to prosecutors on charges of breaching the Criminal Code's offenses against morality, the Human Trafficking Prevention Act and the Social Order Maintenance Act, the police said.

(By Chu Che-wei and Christie Chen)