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2 Vietnamese women arrested in Yilan for overstaying visas: police

2019/01/16 22:09:46

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Taipei, Jan. 16 (CNA) Two Vietnamese women, who were allegedly working as prostitutes in Taiwan, were recently arrested in the eastern county of Yilan for overstaying their visas, police said Wednesday.

The two women, aged 25 and 37, respectively, were found in a house in Luodong Township, police said, adding the women had entered Taiwan on Nov. 22 last year on e-visas and had stayed past their authorized admission period.

During questioning, the women also admitted that they had been providing sex services to three or four customers a day.

The women said they were employed by another Vietnamese surnamed Pan (潘), who has Taiwan citizenship, and were being paid NT$1,000 (US$32.4) per customer although Pan was collecting NT$2,200 from each client, according to the police.

Pan was also arrested and questioned but said she had been only providing lodging to the other two women, police said.

After questioning, the two women were handed over to the National Immigration Agency's special operations unit in Yilan on charges of violating the Immigration Act, police said.

No charges related to prostitution were brought against them since they were not caught in the act.

Over the past few weeks, immigration authorities in Taiwan have been on the search for 152 Vietnamese who entered Taiwan on group tours under an e-visa program on Dec. 21 and Dec. 23 but broke away from their groups shortly after arrival and did not make contact again.

The two Vietnamese women were not part of that group but had also entered Taiwan under the same e-visa program.

(By Wang Chao-yu and William Yen)