11 Indonesian workers arrested in Taoyuan

After van seen bouncing up and down, police discover 11 unaccounted for Indonesian workers inside

11 Indonesian workers found inside van.

11 Indonesian workers found inside van. (CNA photo)

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) -- Police discovered 11 unaccounted for Indonesian workers inside a van parked on the side of the road in Taoyuan on Friday, reported Liberty Times.

At 8 p.m. Friday evening, police noticed a van in Taoyuan's Bada District constantly bouncing up and down. When officers approached the vehicle, they found that there were five male and six female Indonesian migrant workers crammed inside a vehicle designed for seven passengers.

Upon seeing the officers, the passengers tried to flee, but were unable to because it was so cramped inside, so they had no choice but to surrender to authorities. The driver, however, was able to elude police.

In an interview with CNA on Sunday, Taoyuan police officer Chang Ping-yu (張秉榆), all 11 passengers were unaccounted for foreign workers who had left their contract positions. They were taking short-term jobs introduced to them by fellow compatriots, and each time they would go to a rendezvous point from where they would be transported to a job that they did not know the location or nature of.

The police have identified the company which the vehicle has been registered under and have taken the owner into questioning.

The unaccounted for workers have been taken to National Immigration Agency's Taoyuan City task force where it will be determined if they violated the Immigration Act, and if so, they will be deported.

Updated : 2021-04-18 23:50 GMT+08:00