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KMT, DPP lawmakers agree on heavy penalties for human traffickers

KMT, DPP lawmakers agree on heavy penalties for human traffickers

Taipei, Dec. 29 (CNA) Lawmakers of the ruling Kuomintang (KMT) and the opposition Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) screening competing drafts of the Human Trafficking Prevention Act agreed Monday that the legislation should impose harsh penalties for human trafficking.
The lawmakers, who are all members of the legislature's Internal Administration Committee, began to screen several different versions of the bill in an attempt to produce one unified version.
KMT Legislator Wu Yu-sheng said that human trafficking has become a global problem, and that in recent years, criminals have smuggled foreign nationals into Taiwan using various pretexts.
"The criminal acts not only violate human rights, they disrupt Taiwan's labor market and disturb local social order. It is necessary that we enact legislation to prevent the crime from getting worse," he said.
Legislator Lai Ching-te, a whip of the DPP legislative caucus who introduced a draft bill of the act, also called for harsh penalties to fight human trafficking.
The draft bill would stipulate a sentence of seven years in prison, plus a fine of NT$7 million (US$212,410), for smuggling foreign women into Taiwan to work as prostitutes, and a 10-year sentence, plus a fine of NT$10 million, if such smuggled women are under 18 years of age.
National Immigration Agency Director-General Hsieh Li-Kung welcomed the consensus among the lawmakers on heavy penalties for human traffickers. He said he was looking forward to an early adoption of the bill to fight the crime, which he added is considered a felony anywhere in the world.
(By Han Nai-kuo)




Updated : 2021-05-07 23:59 GMT+08:00