Illegal Viet­nam work­ers dis­cov­ered in Taichung

The China Post - - LOCAL -

The Na­tional Immigration Agency’s task force in Taichung, cen­tral Tai­wan, rounded up 14 illegal mi­grant work­ers holed up in a ram­shackle hut near the coast in the wee hours of Thurs­day morn­ing.

Ac­cord­ing to the task force, an in­for­mant gave the in­for­ma­tion about the where­abouts and daily rou­tines of the 14 mi­grant work­ers from Viet­nam whose para­noid be­hav­ior is said to have aroused sus­pi­cion.

The un­doc­u­mented mi­grant work­ers were cau­tious and would al­ways have one of their group stand guard out­side the hut at night.

How­ever, they were caught off guard Thurs­day when the task force raided the hut be­cause the man on guard duty had dozed off.

While the illegal mi­grants will be repa­tri­ated, the per­son who em­ployed them, a sub­con­trac­tor of the Taichung city gov­ern­ment’s wa­ter con­ser­va­tion pro­ject, will be fined be­tween NT$150,000 and NT$750,000 for hir­ing un­doc­u­mented work­ers.

Lo­cal media re­ported that many illegal mi­grant work­ers come to Tai­wan with valid doc­u­ments, but il­le­gally pro­long their stays or es­cape from their le­gal em­ploy­ers to seek job op­por­tu­ni­ties with higher salaries.

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