Taiwan to issue money for information about missing Vietnamese

A total of 113 Vietnamese citizens are still missing, believed to be working illegally

Some of the missing Vietnamese turned themselves in.

Some of the missing Vietnamese turned themselves in. (By Central News Agency)

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) - The National Immigration Agency (NIA) said Friday it would pay NT$4,000 (US$129) for information leading to the capture of the 113 Vietnamese citizens still missing from supposed tour groups last month.

A total of 153 Vietnamese arrived in four different groups in Kaohsiung last month, but within hours 152 of them had disappeared, believed to have taken up illegal jobs brokered by criminal organizations.

Since then, the NIA has already found 35 of them, with three having left Taiwan on their own, the Central News Agency reported.

The new head of the NIA, Chiu Feng-kuang (邱豐光), announced Friday that members of the public could receive up to NT$4,000 per case if they provided information about missing Vietnamese which proved correct.

The NIA chief expressed his determination to find all of the remaining 113 people, and promised tougher checks on new arrivals, with immigration officers asking to see return tickets, CNA reported.

Employers who gave work to the illegals could also face fines ranging from NT$150,000 to NT$750,000, Chiu said.