The number of Taiwanese people lured into going to Cambodia under false pretenses continues to rise. The Criminal Investigation Bureau recently busted a Changhua-based human trafficking ring. The National Police Agency has handled 344 such cases from March until now, and the place with the highest number of victims is Pingtung County.The Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the NPA, and the National Immigration Agency have set up a transnational rescue mechanism. They remind the Taiwanese people to be alert and not to believe ads offering high salaries for low-skilled work abroad.
The leader of a human trafficking ring accompanied a victim to apply for a passport and was arrested as they exited the Bureau of Consular Affairs. During an investigation into human trafficking cases, the Criminal Investigation Bureau and other units discovered a human trafficking ring that worked with illegal organizations in Cambodia. They posted job ads on Facebook or IG offering monthly salaries of NT$100,000 to defraud victims into going to Cambodia or other countries. On Aug. 16, a task force arrested four members of the human trafficking ring.
Liao Shui-chih, Captain, 6th Investigation Corp, CIB: “For each Taiwanese person they were able to get into Cambodia, they would receive NT$100,000. The amount was NT$10,000 to NT$16,000 for Thailand. They divided up the work meticulously, and had already arranged for numerous Taiwanese people to go abroad.”
The preliminary investigation showed this ring had arranged for nearly 50 Taiwanese people to go abroad. The police found numerous receipts for expenses prior to their departure and records of the victims' departures at the suspect's residence. National Police Agency statistics show it has handled 344 human trafficking cases between March and now. Pingtung was the place with the highest number of victims at 41, followed by Kaohsiung with 35 and New Taipei City with 34. There were also reports that family members trying to report incidents to the police were ridiculed.
Victim's Brother: “I entered the police station to report a case, and the police officer told me that my sister had gone abroad to make money and is having such a good time that she doesn't want to come back.”
One man suspected that his sister was being mistreated and assaulted in Cambodia, and went to report this case to the Pingtung police, which ridiculed his concerns. The Pingtung County Police Bureau apologized.
Wu I-hsien, Dep. Chief, Fangliao Precinct, Pingtung County PB: “That police officer lacked vigilance and empathy and his language was inappropriate, causing the person reporting the case to feel insulted. This precinct has verified that this did happen, and has issued a serious demerit.”
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the NPA, and the National Immigration Agency have set up a transnational rescue mechanism. They remind the Taiwanese people to be alert and not to believe ads offering high salaries for low-skilled work abroad.