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Human trafficking gang busted, kingpin arrested

TAIPEI -- The National Immigration Agency (NIA) announced yesterday that it had cracked a human smuggling ring, arresting its leader.

The agency, working in collaboration with the Taoyuan District Prosecutors Office and the Canadian Trade Office in Taipei, arrested ringleader Wu Shih-yao upon his return to Taiwan.

Authorities had received intelligence saying that since 2012, several Chinese nationals had used forged Republic of China passports to enter Canada from Japan, South Korea, Macau and Malaysia, the agency said.

Wu allegedly recruited over 10 Taiwanese businessmen in China who would provide the would-be illegal immigrants with legally obtained boarding passes, it added.

The ring made 200,000 Chinese yuan (US$32,596) per successful case, earning over US$1 million in total, according to the NIA.

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