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Family convicted over sexual assaults of foreign caregiver

TAIPEI, Taiwan -- Three generations of a family, surnamed Hu, were charged with sexually assaulting an Indonesian caregiver 81 times in one year, the Supreme Court said yesterday, adding that two have been convicted while the other is still being tried.

The Supreme Court yesterday sentenced the 70-year-old and his 45-year-old son to 10 years and nine years in prison.

The 70-year-old's grandson, aged 15, was also charged with sexual assault. His case is currently being tried by a juvenile court.

According to the Supreme Court, the Indonesian caregiver began working for the Hu family in 2010, taking care of the family's disabled great grandmother. After one month, the 70-year-old, the great grandmother's son, sexually assaulted the caregiver.

The 70-year-old threatened to send the victim back to Indonesia if she chose to call the police. The 45-year-old also sexually assaulted the victim, making the same threats if she chose to tell his wife about the assault.

According to the court, the 70-year-old and his son sexually assaulted the victim a total of 43 times and 35 times in one year, while the 70-year-old's grandson sexually assaulted her three times.

In 2011, after retrieving her deposit from her agency, the victim asked for help from the Council of Labor Affairs, now the Ministry of Labor.

During their trial, the 70-year-old and his son both denied the charges, claiming that what happened between them and the caregiver was “consensual.” The court said that the caregiver showed signs of a mental breakdown and that she had attempted suicide, adding that the defendants' claim was simply unimaginable.

The court ruled that the two were guilty of the charges, dismissing the Hu family's appeal filed.

April 22, 2014    lightcrusaderjr@
This should be a wake up call to the Ministry of Labor of Taiwan. There is still so much wrong about the practices of many Taiwanese employers towards foreign caregivers. So many of the Taiwanese employers treat their foreign caregivers and domestic helpers as slaves. They do not give them rest day, they withhold their identity documents, they make them do jobs not allowed by their contracts, and they abuse them physically and verbally. Time to intensify the education of employers and monitoring of practices. Those who don't know how to treat foreign workers properly should not be allowed to hire and those who have violated the rights of foreign workers should be punished and barred from hiring foreign workers. The decent Taiwanese people should not allow their uncivilized compatriots to tarnish the good name of their country and people.
April 22, 2014    armyboy@
Maniacs must rot in jail!
April 22, 2014    davidli2k@
What a sick bunch of creeps....
April 22, 2014    charlielewikns31@
Despicable, abominable. The locals then complain when the Indonesians "occupy" the main rail station on their most important religious holiday. I didn’t know there were generations of Chinese dogs in the same dog shelter.
April 23, 2014    billparkhurst@
There is no qualifications for employers to receive health certification in order to employ and no restrictions on withholding passports of others whom they employ. The lack of freedom of foreign nationals working for Taiwanese is apparent and nothing is being done to rectify current employer practices that are or should be illegal and are definitely immoral.
April 23, 2014    miller.henry641@
Human traffickers
The majority of these "labor agents" are nothing more than Government sanctioned Human Traffickers.

This is the result of a degenerate society that turns a blind eye to the plight of those mistakenly believing they are coming here for a "better life."
April 24, 2014    piawliangjohny@
It's shocking to know that at 1 year of assaults the Agency was not informed? I blame the caregiver also for not protecting herself... if its rape she can just ran outside the house go police.... the Indonesia agency also did not teach there workers once something happen like this they should not be afraid of being send home instead ask help. Taiwan is not a Lawless Country. Both the Taiwan Agency and the Indonesia Manpower should be educated as well as the employers and employee.
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