Taipei, Dec. 6 (CNA) A Taiwanese woman was able to return home safety after being duped into traveling to South Africa for a beauty contest by international human traffickers. The woman, who has only been identified by her surname Yeh, alleged that the human traffickers asked a Taiwanese beauty pageant association to provide them with a candidate to take part in beauty contest in South Africa. But after Yeh arrived in South Africa, she was confined to her quarters and almost sold into prostitution, according to her account of events. She said she avoided a worse fate by contacting Lin Shu-li, an official with Taiwan's Criminal Investigation Bureau (CIB) stationed in South Africa, who helped her regain her freedom. The CIB said it is still investigating the case.
The association that allegedly recommended her to go to South Africa could not be immediately reached. (By Liu Chien-pang and Lilian Wu)