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Migrant workers arrested for alleged illegal logging

TAIPEI--Three migrant workers were nabbed Monday in Fengshan Village, Alishan Township in Chiayi County in a police operation against suspected illegal logging.

After receiving a tip-off from villagers about illegal logging in the area, Chiayi police and the Chiayi Forest District Office under the Forestry Bureau launched an operation that led to the arrest of two runaway Vietnamese workers and another female migrant worker.

Police discovered the three suspects during the early hours of that day as they were being driven down from the mountainous area.

The two Vietnamese workers, who had no identification cards with them, had first refused to reveal their real identities and tried to outwit the police by using fake names before eventually giving over their personal information, police said, adding that the duo were later found to be suspected of running away from their employers.

Police said the female migrant worker had overstayed her visa, and had hired the driver to take her and the two Vietnamese workers down from the mountain.

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