Taipei-New Taipei police busted a prostitution ring on Monday and arrested 37 people, including 20 foreign nationals who had entered Taiwan as tourists, the National Immigration Agency (NIA) said Wednesday.
During the operation, a raid was carried out on the homes of four Taiwanese men believed to be the ringleaders, said Ted Chen (???), deputy captain of the National Immigration Agency's (NIA) New Taipei specialized operation brigade.
The four men were arrested, along with 13 other nationals and 16 Thai and four Chinese women, on suspicion of involvement in prostitution, Chen told the media.
The bust was carried out after nearly a year of investigation into a suspected prostitution ring that spanned New Taipei, Taipei, Hsinchu, Taoyuan, Kaohsiung and Hualien, he said.
The alleged ringleaders were specifically recruiting women who could enter Taiwan as visitors under its visa-free programs, he said.
Investigators found that the ringleaders were travelling to Thailand almost every month to recruit women for illegal work in the sex trade in Taiwan, Chen said.
Several of the female suspects arrested were found to have syphilis, according to the NIA.
Source: Focus Taiwan News Channel