20 illegal Indonesian immigrant workers detained by Miaoli police
Miaoli ( ) Police Department detained 20 Indonesian illegal immigrant workers at a construction site found in Toufen Township (
), yesterday, according to local news reports.
Toufen Precinct received reports about unidentified immigrant workers in Toufen earlier in July. The police launched several investigations and sent officers to wait near to the construction site early morning yesterday until a minivan packed with immigrant workers arrived. The police then apprehended a total of 20 escaped workers — nine females and 11 male.
The detained workers had been on the run for approximately a year; there were only three rooms on the construction site and the 20 suspects lived in the cramped, unsanitary environment, said the report. It also stressed that the workers earn a daily wage of NT$1,000.
The police discovered that the escapees were hired by a man surnamed Yu ( ), Yu rented a house for the immigrant workers and arranged transport for them every day. Their working location and working hours also vary from time to time to prevent them from being investigated.
Yu and the 20 workers were sent to the Miaoli Office of the National Immigration Agency for further investigation and Yu will be fined accordingly for violating the Employment Service Act.
Miaoli Police Department also said that they will work harder to prevent illegal working and escape in Taiwan among immigrant workers.
Four immigrant workers from North Vietnam also ran away from a temporary shelter in Yilan ( ) last week. Director of the shelter Lin Tsai-jung ( ) stressed that the escapees were injured when climbing over the wall from the sixth floor, though no medical records were found in nearby hospitals.
The four have strong characters and are suspected of having military backgrounds, said Lin. It is most likely that they escaped due to relationship or financial issues, he said.