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Harsher penalties set for human traffickers

TAIPEI, Taiwan -- New regulations passed by lawmakers yesterday will increase jail terms and fines for perpetrators who engage in human trafficking, forcing victims into the sex trade or other labor services or selling victims' body organs without consent.

The revised rules of the Act Preventing Trafficking in Persons ratified by the Legislative Yuan levy a prison term up to three years plus a maximum fine of NT$1 million if the perpetrators use improper measures to force people owing debts to work for compensation not proportional to the labor service.

The penalties will be imprisonment up to five years plus a maximum fine of NT$3 million if the perpetrators force debtees to take up sex work.

The perpetrators will face imprisonment up to seven years plus a maximum fine of NT$5 million if they force other people to engage in work with compensation not matching with the labor service.

They will face imprisonment up to 12 years plus a maximum fine of NT$5 million if they force debtees or other people to sell their body organs for financial gains.

The jail terms and fines for criminals involving minor victims under the age of 18 will be increased.

Those attempting to commit the criminal acts will also be punished.

Lawmakers said the severe penalties are part of the government's stepped-up crackdown on human trafficking, sex exploitation, and illegal debt-collection practice.

Aid to male victims

Other new rules passed by the Legislative Yuan included welfare aid to male victims of domestic violence and the families in which the children are in the care of their grandparents.

The reduction of tuition for children of such families and those with low income attending colleges or universities will be raised to 60 percent from the current 30 percent.

Lawmakers voted to extend assistance to more families in view of the increasing male victims of domestic violence and grandparents faced with financial burden when taking care of the third-generation children.

Such financial support will now not be limited only to female victims.

The legislators also adopted new rules requiring that government provide loans to domestic violence victims for business startups.

Birth payment

When reviewing the Statute for Labor Insurance, the lawmakers approved new rules enabling female employees to get childbirth payment if they are laid off during pregnancy.

The women will get such payment from the Bureau of Labor Insurance if they deliver babies or premature babies within one year after losing their jobs.

January 13, 2009    marcangelucci@
Yay! Thank you Taiwan for stopping the exclusion of male victims of domestic violence from receiving aid! This is a civil rights issue. Male victims have been neglected for too long. The University of New Hampshire recently performed 32-nation study that included Taiwan and found women are as violent and controlling as men in dating relationships worldwide.
http://www.unh.edu/news/cj_nr/2006/may/em_060519male.cfm?type=n
http://pubpages.unh.edu/~mas2/ID41E2.pdf
February 15, 2009    rhenry@
Congratulations to Taiwan for recognizing male victims of domestic violence. The United States still has trouble understanding that women can be violent. Here, when a man comes home from work and finds the wife abusing the children and throwing things at him, he has no where to turn to protect himself and to protect his children.
February 22, 2009    wm_robinson@
The California Alliance for Families & Children (CAFC) sincerely wants to thank the university professors, government agencies representatives and treatment providers who attended our From Ideology to Inclusion 2008 conference. In addition we are honored that our conference, your hard work and use of the materials from the conference helped change your laws to be gender inclusive. We received your email and we look forward to seeing you in LA this coming June for “The Domestic Violence Conference of the Decade”: From Ideology to Inclusion 2009. We hope the Domestic Violence Training videos from the conference will serve you well also.
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