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Two Chinese women arrested in Kinmen for prostitution
Central News Agency
2014-02-24 11:10 PM
Taipei, Feb. 24 (CNA) Kinmen police have recently arrested two Chinese women for prostitution on the Taiwan-controlled island off southeastern China, promising to expand their investigation into whether there is a human trafficking ring behind the illegal activities. The two women -- a 42-year-old with surname Tao and a 25-year-old surnamed Hua -- are independent travelers from China who toured to Kinmen on ferries from the mainland earlier this month, the police said Monday. With visas for non-group-tour visits, the women were allowed to stay in Taiwan's territory for 15 days. This is the first time Kinmen police cracked down on prostitution by independent travelers from overseas. The incident indicates that increasing exchanges between the two sides of the Taiwan Strait have created an impact on the usually tranquil living environment on Kinmen, local policemen said. According to police investigation, the two women have lived in a residential house in Jincheng Township since landing on Kinmen on Feb. 12 and Feb. 19, respectively. Local people said that many strange Chinese women resided in the three-story apartment building and that while the women were there, they received many male visits, leading the police to suspect illegal sex trade might be going on. On Feb. 21, police stormed into the house, discovering Tao was being engaged in a sex trade with a client. Police seized many condoms, account books and documents of consumption in the house and arrested Tao and Hua, who was also in the building. Police found that the Chinese women contacted their regular clients with mobile phones whenever they came to Kinmen from the mainland. For each trade, they earned between NT$1,500 (US$49) and NT$3,000, the police said. The police has referred the two to local prosecutors, charging them with violating the act governing social order. The two Chinese women were now kept at a National Immigration Agency shelter for repatriation. (By Chen Shou-gow and Elizabeth Hsu)
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