[Stop-traffic] News/Taiwan: Chinese police arrest seven for smuggling women to Taiwa

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Subject: [Stop-traffic] News/Taiwan: Chinese police arrest seven for smuggling women to Taiwa
From: Melanie Orhant (morhant@igc.org)
Date: Wed Aug 30 2000 - 08:49:04 EDT


Chinese police arrest seven for smuggling women to Taiwan
Agence France Presse, August 13, 2000

BEIJING (AFP) -- Police arrested seven "snakeheads" or human smugglers,
including three Taiwanese men, for trying to transport women to Taiwan to
work as prostitutes, an official said Sunday.

The seven were recently arrested in Fuzhou city, in the southern province
of Fujian, where they were trying to smuggle seven to eight Fujian women to
Taiwan onboard a fishing boat, a Fujian border patrol officer told AFP.

The women were between the ages of 18 and 25 and were planning to work as
prostitutes, the official said.

One of the three Taiwanese is a notorious organizer of illegal immigration,
the official Xinhua news agency quoted police saying.

Fujian officials would not reveal the man's full name or elaborate on his
record, saying the case was under investigation.

The other four arrested were women smugglers from Fujian.

Fujian authorities had been under pressure from the central government to
crack down on illegal emigration after 58 Fujianese men were found
suffocated to death having tried to sneak into Britain in a lorry in June.

The government estimates that 500,000 Chinese last year attempted to or
succeeded in illegally leaving the country in search of jobs or
opportunities in a more prosperous country, a Hong Kong-based human rights
group said.

Police arrested seven "snakeheads" or human smugglers, including three
Taiwanese men, for trying to transport women to Taiwan to work as
prostitutes, an official said Sunday.

The seven were recently arrested in Fuzhou city, in the southern province
of Fujian, where they were trying to smuggle seven or eight women to Taiwan
aboard a fishing boat, a border patrol officer told AFP.

The women were between 18 and 25 years old and were planning to work as
prostitutes, the official said.

One of the three Taiwanese is a notorious organizer of illegal migration,
the official Xinhua news agency quoted police as saying.

Fujian officials would not reveal the man's full name or elaborate on his
record, saying the case was under investigation.

The other four arrested were women smugglers from Fujian.

In an unrelated case, 10 illegal migrants from the eastern province of
Zhejiang were kidnapped by a Chinese gang in Ho Chi Minh city in Vietnam,
where they were making a transit stop on their way to another country, the
Procuratorial Daily said Sunday.

The kidnappers called the migrants' families and demanded a ransom of
16,000 US dollars each.

Five kidnappers were later arrested and extradited to China this month.

The Procuratorial Daily also reported a court in eastern China's Jiangsu
province recently sentenced four snakeheads to prison terms of up to seven
years for trying to smuggle ethnic Korean Chinese residents to South Korea
in a container ship.

China has come under pressure to crack down on illegal emigration after 58
Fujianese men were found suffocated to death having tried to sneak into
Britain in a lorry in June.

The government estimates that 500,000 people last year attempted to or
succeeded in illegally leaving China in search of jobs or opportunities
abroad, a Hong Kong-based human rights group said.
Melanie Orhant
Stop-Traffic Moderator

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