Mem­ber of sex trafficking ring ex­tra­dited to Tai­wan

The China Post - - LOCAL -

A Tai­wanese man who al­legedly scouted women for a ma­jor sex trafficking ring in Tai­wan was ex­tra­dited back to the coun­try from main­land China on Mon­day.

The 52-year-old man, sur­named Tu, was ar­rested in Shen­zhen on Dec. 17 through in­tel­li­gence shared by Tai­wan and China, Tai­wan’s Na­tional Im­mi­gra­tion Agency (NIA) said Tues­day.

He will be handed over to pros­e­cu­tors and could be charged with crimes such as forgery and forc­ing vic­tims into sex­ual trans­ac­tions for profit, ac­cord­ing to the NIA.

The agency said the man, who is based in China, talked Chi­nese women into trav­el­ing to Tai­wan to work as pros­ti­tutes. The ring he worked for was busted by the po­lice in Septem­ber and 24 sus­pects were ar­rested.

Au­thor­i­ties dis­cov­ered that the ring was re­cruit­ing Chi­nese women be­tween the ages of 20 and 25 and trafficking them to Tai­wan in the guise of med­i­cal and cos­metic tourism, business tourism or other short-term vis­its.

Since the crack­down, Tu had been hid­ing in Shen­zhen and scout­ing girls for other sex rings, said Hsieh Yu-fa, head of the agency’s Taipei City Spe­cial­ized Op­er­a­tion Bri­gade.

Tu was able to earn NT$5,000 (US$157) for ev­ery girl that he sent to Tai­wan or Ma­cau for pros­ti­tu­tion, Hsieh said.

Ini­tial in­ves­ti­ga­tion showed that the sus­pect had al­ready traf­ficked over 100 Chi­nese women to Tai­wan, he said.

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