JOB SCAM/Prosecutors detain two over Cambodia human trafficking operation

08/16/2022 09:38 PM
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Policemen warn passengers planning to travel to Cambodia about fraudulent job offers at Taiwan Taoyuan International Airport on Monday. CNA photo Aug. 15, 2022
Policemen warn passengers planning to travel to Cambodia about fraudulent job offers at Taiwan Taoyuan International Airport on Monday. CNA photo Aug. 15, 2022

Taipei, Aug. 16 (CNA) Prosecutors in Changhua have detained and held incommunicado two individuals suspected of attempting to lure at least seven people to Cambodia with the intention of forcing them against their will to take part in criminal activity.

In a news release on Tuesday, the Taiwan Changhua District Prosecutors Office said that a third suspect had been released on NT$20,000 (US$667) bail.

According to prosecutors, the victims had their passports seized and then were held against their will at hotels upon arrival in Cambodia.

The suspects had successfully trafficked two victims to Cambodia since June, while another five victims were rescued in time before departure, prosecutors said.

Prosecutors said initial investigations found that the three suspects could have violated the criminal code, the Human Trafficking Prevention Act, and the Organized Crime Prevention Act.

(By Hsiao Po-yang and Lee Hsin-Yin)

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