Bill addresses trafficking after Cambodia incidents

The legislature’s Judiciary and Organic Laws and Statutes Committee yesterday approved the first reading of amendments that would increase penalties for attempts to recruit people to commit crimes abroad, after a scheme that lured jobseekers to Cambodia received significant media coverage last year.

The proposed changes of the Organized Crime Prevention Act, drafted by the Executive Yuan, stipulate fines of up to NT$20 million (US$651,254) and prison terms of up to seven years, while stipulating higher penalties when the people targeted are underage.

The amendments were drafted after investigators found that a trafficking ring had lured Taiwanese to Cambodia by promising them high-paying jobs, but forced them to participate in telecommunications fraud, while subjecting them to sexual exploitation. Instances of organ harvesting were also reported.

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