20 illegal In­done­sian im­mi­grant work­ers de­tained by Miaoli po­lice

The China Post - - LOCAL -

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.

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