Taipei--Police have arrested eight women from Thailand for being involved in the illegal sex trade in Miaoli County, but they are still trying to identify those who were responsible for the bringing the women into Taiwan.
The Thai nationals, aged between 20 and 30, came to Taiwan of their own volition and were offering sex services at a rented apartment in Zhunan Township, Zhunan police said Monday.
The women said they came to the island using the visa-free treatment Taiwan offers to Thai travelers with the intention of earning money by providing sex before and during the Lunar New Year festival, the police said.
They were taken to Zhunan by unidentified handlers soon after their arrival in Taiwan and began their "business," selling 30-minute sessions for NT$2,200 (US$70), the police said.
The arrest was made on Jan. 20, when police raided the apartment where the Thai women were staying, and they also arrested an 18-year-old Taiwanese man allegedly responsible for "attending" to the women's daily needs.
The man, surnamed Wu (?), was sent to the district prosecutors office in Zhunan on suspicions of having committed obscenity offenses, while the Thai women were taken to the National Immigration Agency's Miaoli office.
An investigation has been launched into the criminal ring that was responsible for bringing in the Thai nationals, the police said.
Source: Focus Taiwan News Channel