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Two Taiwan women caught working illegally in Guam: foreign ministry

2018/08/15 22:15:59

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Taipei, Aug. 15 (CNA) Two of four women found to be working illegally at a bar in Guam are Taiwanese nationals, while the nationality of the other two has not yet been verified, Taiwan's Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA) confirmed Wednesday.

The ministry made the statement in the wake of a Guam newspaper report that four Taiwan citizens were charged in the District Court of Guam on Tuesday for working illegally as hostesses at the Wild Orchid Lounge.

The paper said the four women entered Guam between June and July on tourist visas, which do not allow foreign nationals to work.

Following the report, Taiwan's embassy in Palau contacted law enforcement authorities in Guam and were able to confirm that two of women were Taiwanese, MOFA spokesman Andrew Lee (李憲章) said.

He said the nationality of the other two women had not yet been verified.

Judicial proceedings are underway in the case, Lee said, adding that the embassy will continue to monitor the developments and provide assistance to the Taiwanese nationals involved, if necessary.

Lee also urged other Taiwanese nationals not to engage in illegal activities overseas, saying it could hurt their future prospects and tarnish Taiwan's image internationally.

(By Elaine Hou and Evelyn Kao)
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