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Alleged rape by union leader to be probed

TAIPEI, Taiwan -- Prosecutors are looking into a woman's claims that she was sexually assaulted by a Taoyuan trade union leader and others.

The woman, whose alias on Facebook is "Ms. Y," has accused Yao Kuang-chu, secretary general of the Taoyuan Confederation of Trade Unions, of sexually harassing and assaulting her when she was employed by the organization.

Ms. Y claims Yao is not the only one in the confederation who sexually assaulted her. She claims that she worked for the confederation for a year, and that the alleged perpetrators had forced her to state that the sexual acts had been consensual.

The city police's Children and Women Protection Division said Friday they had started a probe on behalf of the district prosecutors and that social workers had tried to contact Ms. Y Thursday night to arrange an interview.

The confederation's chairman, Chuang Fu-kai, has also been asked to provide relevant information and documents to facilitate the probe, the police division said.

Yao on Thursday posted a message on his Facebook page saying he had taken a leave of absence for an indefinite period.

The chairman, in response to the allegations, wrote on his Facebook page that the confederation would not tolerate or ignore sexual assaults.

But Taoyuan prosecutors said that as of noon on Friday, no formal complaints had been filed. They said they had been alerted to the alleged crime through media reports.

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