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2019-05-09 09:00
The largest number of overstaying Vietnamese Tourists in the history of Taiwan The head of the human smuggling gang behind the scene was arrested by NIA

Human smugglers disguised as tourists

Arrested by the authorities and confessed

“How did you find me?” A member of the overstaying Vietnamese was astonished as she saw the agents of the National Immigration Agency (NIA) arriving. After being persuaded and comforted by the NIA agents, the overstaying Vietnamese confessed. She hid in a narrow space when discovered by the NIA agents, and told the agents that “I did not come here for travelling. I want to find a husband and work with him here.” She sighed and told the story of smuggling with tourist traveling in disguise bit by bit.

Joint effort between NIA and the Police to sketch out cross-border crimes

After the overstaying Vietnamese tourists of the “Macroscopic Program” have escaped en masse, the Ministry of Interior (MOI) called for the mutual support between the NIA and the National Police Agency (NPA). Accordingly, the Southern Operation Corps of NIA has set up a task force immediately and worked in cooperation with Kaohsiung City Police Department and requested the Prosecutors Office of Kaohsiung District Court to take command of the task force. The representations of the Republic of China in Vietnam also provide assistance and the joint task force launched the investigation in full effort. The task force then discovered that the pattern of offense was very similar to the crimes committed by suspects Ruan and Mei, who are of Vietnamese background. They teamed up with the human smuggling gangs in Vietnam and worked as insiders in Taiwan and Vietnam to organize human smuggling with a travel agency as the cover-up, and claimed to help the clients to apply for tourist visa for a fee ranging from USD1,000~3,000 for each Vietnamese. These Vietnamese can come to Taiwan to find their relatives and work as tourist travelers in disguise. Many Vietnamese went into high debts or sold their land in their hometown to be smuggled into Taiwan. Some even fall preys to sex traffickers in order to support their children. The case was administered by the Prosecutor’s Office of Kaohsiung District Court in accordance with the Immigration Act, Human Trafficking Prevention Act, harboring of crime suspects and Employment Service Law.

Cross-border prostitution promoted overseas via the Internet

Self-taking nude pictures in jostling for customers

The task force discovered that the members of the human smuggling gangs made use of the communication software, ZALO, which became very popular in Southeast Asia in a very short time, to recruit and act as the intermediary to bring a few Vietnamese females to Taiwan. Some of them were asked to pose for nude photographs and footage on their own and upload these into the site before their arrival. The intermediary prepared the advertisements and told them that they could start working soon after arriving Taiwan as prostitutes. This gang even provided reference in 15 posters of sex services in Chinese and Vietnamese languages for these prostitutes. They may charge from NT$1,800 to NT$3,500 for each service depending on the service items requested. The human smuggling gang took a lucrative commission from the proceeds, and even withheld the whole amount of the proceeds from the victims.

The overstaying Vietnamese are encouraged to turn themselves in to stop further crimes

In the course of the investigation of this case, the task force accidentally discovered that the prime suspect in Vietnam has made an international call to comfort the prime suspect, Mei, in Taiwan and said “Stand up again after falling down for the first time, learn from the failure and gear up for the future!” after the incident. The Commander of the Southern Operation Corps, Hsieh Wen-Chung, worked day and night and encouraged the industrious investigators to let this gang “fail for the first time, once and for all!”

After assuming office at the end of last year, Director-general Chiu Feng-Kuang of NIA went south to preside over the meetings of the task force in several instances. With his wealth of experience in criminal investigation, he showed the investigators the direction on how the investigation should proceed. With the help of modern technology in the investigation, the task force could quickly locate the cross-border human smuggling gang behind the scene and cracked the case. Director Chiu appealed to those who are still at large to turn themselves in as quickly as possible so that they could go home for their family gatherings in Vietnam. Continued hiding will only put them into an even more unfavorable situation. Going home is the best way out.

The prime suspect behind the scene was arrested by the policeThe prime suspect behind the scene was arrested by the police