Taipei District Court in Taiwan. Photo: Google Maps.
Taipei District Court in Taiwan. Photo: Google Maps.

Three Taipei City police were sentenced to jail terms of four to 10 years by Taipei District Court after being found guilty of blackmailing at least four migrant workers.

Lin Zhang-ling, Cai Zhi-wei and Lin Yi-hui from Datong precinct in the Taipei City Police Department were convicted of violating anti-corruption laws by demanding and receiving bribes amounting to NT$132,000 (US$4,341) in 2014, The Liberty Times reported.

The court previously heard that the three male officers intercepted illegal migrant workers at Taipei train station over the weekend. The defendants would threaten to hand them over to the National Immigration Agency for deportation unless the victims paid from NT$10,000 to $30,000 each.

At least four Indonesian and Vietnamese migrant workers fell victim to the three corrupt police.

A female victim told the court that one of the defendants said he could refer her to some customers so they could make some quick money by her having to provide sex services.

Lin Zhang-ling, who committed the related offenses eight times, was jailed for 10 years and a total of NT$100,000 of blackmailed money and properties was seized.

Lin Yi-hui and Cai Zhi-wei were both hit with two charges. However, the latter pleaded not guilty in court. Cai was thus given a severe sentence of nine years and four months, while Lin Yi-hui was only jailed for four years and required to return some NT$11,000 in illegal money and property.

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