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Keelung police crack prostitution ring, 31 arrested

2018/06/21 21:26:40

Photo courtesy of Keelung police

Taipei, June 21 (CNA) Police on Wednesday raided three brothels in Keelung City, northern Taiwan and arrested 31 people involved in the sex trade, including 20 female sex workers -- three Taiwanese and 17 from Thailand, who mostly entered Taiwan on tourist visas, the police said Thursday.

According to the police, the raids were conducted after a tip-off was received one month ago that a group of Thai women were working as prostitutes.

The police raided the premises simultaneously at around 9 p.m. Wednesday, after surveilling them for the past month.

Of the 31 people arrested, two ran the brothels and a third was working as a lookout, 20 were sex workers and the rest customers, according to the police.

The police said the two Taiwanese women who ran the brothels and the male lookout admitted their guilt and will be charged under Article 234 of Criminal Code, with a maximum sentence of two years in prison.

According to the police, the sex workers charged customers NT$1,000 (US$30) for 15 minutes, NT$400 of which went to the brothel owners.

The customers and the sex workers will be charged under the Social Order Maintenance Act which imposes a maximum fine on offenders of NT$30,000, the police said.

The police added that the 17 Thai nationals will be placed at a shelter run by the National Immigration Agency in the city before being deported back to their country.

(By Wang Chao-yu and Shih Hsiu-chuan)
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