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Legislator urges law revision to protect foreign workers from rape

Legislator urges law revision to protect foreign workers from rape

Taipei, Sept. 15 (CNA) People First Party Legislator Chen Yi-chieh said Thursday she will propose a law amendment to prevent convicted rapists of foreign employees from gaining permission to hire such workers again.

Last year, 122 foreign workers, including 90 domestic caregivers, reported that they had been sexually assaulted in Taiwan, Chen said, citing statistics from the Ministry of Health and Welfare.

This has brought shame and embarrassment on Taiwan in the international community and must be heavily penalized, said Chen.

She proposed amending Article 54 of the Employment Service Act to impose a lifelong ban on employers convicted of sexually assaulting their foreign workers.

Under the current law, the ban on hiring foreign workers only lasts for two years in such cases, Chen noted.

She said demand in Taiwan for foreign caregivers is growing but there is a risk that Taiwan will be shunned by the source countries if it cannot protect the rights of migrant workers.

Chen's call came after the arrest of a Taiwanese man on Sept. 11 on allegations of sexual assault of an Indonesian woman employed in his home as a caregiver.

A video posted on YouTube and on an Indonesian news site earlier this month purportedly shows the woman being raped by her employer. (By Christie Chen and Liu Kuan-ting)