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12 Vietnamese women arrested for alleged prostitution: NIA

2019/01/15 16:55:38

Photo courtesy of Tainan police

Taipei, Jan. 15 (CNA) Twelve Vietnamese women were arrested recently in Tainan on allegations of prostitution, the National Immigration Agency (NIA) said Tuesday, adding that most of the suspects had entered Taiwan visa free or on visitors' visas.

Based on a tipoff, the Tainan branch of the NIA, investigators and police found the women working at massage parlors in the city, said Huang Rui-ching (黃濬清), an NIA official.

The services of the young Vietnamese women were being advertised on social media and through text messaging, offering sex and a massage or a massage only, Huang said.

Among the 12 women arrested was a resident of Tainan surnamed Nguyen, who was suspected of recruiting the other Vietnamese women to work at three massage parlors she was operating jointly with friends, Huang said.

He said Nguyen, 45, who was married to a Taiwanese man and holds Taiwan citizenship, has a record of criminal offenses.

The other Vietnamese women had entered Taiwan on tourist visas or visa-free, taking advantage of the preferential treatment offered to visitors from Southeast Asia, according to Huang.

Nine of the women were arrested at the three massage parlors run by Nguyen and her friends, while another two recruits were picked up on arrival at a Taiwan airport, and NT$580,000 (US$18,820) in cash was seized during the operation by police, investigators and prosecutors, he said.

Nguyen will be investigated for alleged offenses related to sexual morality, while the other 11 Vietnamese women will be deported after questioning by prosecutors, Huang said.

(By Yang Sz-ruei and Evelyn Kao)
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