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13 foreign women rescued in bust of trafficking ring

TAIPEI -- Authorities in Taiwan have cracked a human trafficking ring, rescuing 13 foreign women brought to the country and forced into prostitution, police in the northern city of Hsinchu said yesterday.

Law enforcement officials arrested nine suspects in the Hsinchu area, the neighboring Taoyuan county, and the northeastern county of Yilan. The 13 victims were from Indonesia and Vietnam, police said.

Police have named a Taiwanese man surnamed Lin and his Vietnamese wife as the suspected masterminds of an operation to bring Vietnamese and Indonesian women to Taiwan with false promises of lawful jobs such as domestic care-giving.

Once in the hands of ring members, the women were allegedly forced to take drugs and were routinely abused.

The ring allegedly operated out of a spa and massage parlor in Yilan used as a front to hide the prostitution activities and keep the women captive.

The suspects are accused of exploiting the women and making illegal gains by forcing them to engage in the sex trade.

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