TAIPEI (Taiwan News) - The day after taking office, new National Immigration Agency (NIA) Director General Chiu Feng-kuang (邱豐光) said Saturday he wanted to find the mastermind behind the disappearance of 152 Vietnamese tourists.
The group arrived in Kaohsiung divided into four groups on December 21 and 23, and vanished from their hotels almost as soon as they had arrived. Since then, 12 have been found, eight have given themselves up voluntarily, while three left the country, leaving 91 men and 37 women still unaccounted for, the Central News Agency reported.
During discussions with NIA officials in southern Taiwan, Chiu said the emphasis should be on finding out who organized the escape to allow the Vietnamese to work illegally in Taiwan.
The new NIA chief, who served as deputy head of the National Police Administration until Friday, called on the Vietnamese to come forward and give themselves up, promising their human rights would be guaranteed.
The Vietnamese who had already been found reportedly told police that there had been people picking them up all over Taiwan, indicating the participation of a well-organized group, CNA reported.