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85 migrant workers arrested in New Taipei

2018/01/17 16:24:16

Taipei, Jan. 17 (CNA) Eighty-five migrant workers were arrested in a raid on a slaughterhouse in Taishan in New Taipei on Tuesday for allegedly leaving their contracted employers, police in the city's Xinzhuang district said Wednesday.

Xinzhuang police received a report saying that "unknown migrants" were often seen entering and leaving the 6,610-square-meter slaughterhouse.

Police went to inspect the site and found that whenever anybody approached the area, voice messages would be sent through a broadcast system to inform migrant workers to hide from investigators.

They then formed a special workforce composed of 200 law enforcement officials from various government agencies to launch the operation Tuesday night and arrested 85 migrant workers, who are suspected of leaving the employers they were contracted to work for in Taiwan.

About 90 percent of the 85 arrested workers came from Indonesia and Vietnam, and they now face deportation, police said.

Three months ago, 78 migrant workers who left their original employers were apprehended at the same site, according to police.

(By Wang Hung-kuo and Evelyn Kao)
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