Taichung District Court, Taichung City, Taiwan. Photo: Google Maps
Taichung District Court, Taichung City, Taiwan. Photo: Google Maps

Two female employers at a hardware factory in Taichung, central Taiwan, were charged by Taichung District Prosecutors Office with violating the Human Trafficking Prevention Act after they allegedly exploited an Indonesian woman in 2011 and a Vietnamese woman in 2014.

According to the investigation, a 62-year-old mother and her 35-year-old daughter-in-law were responsible for recruiting and handling salary matters of migrant workers in the  factory in Taiping district in eastern Taichung, China Times reported.

In 2011, they allegedly hired an Indonesian woman and made her work more than 16 hours a day from 6am to 9pm, with only one day off per month. Her duties included cleaning the factory and domestic chores such as tidying up the residential unit, preparing meals, looking after children, and anything else the pair told her to do.

The victim left her job and Taiwan six months later, allegedly because of burnout.

In 2014, the same pair with the help of an employment agency hired a Vietnamese woman, who was also allegedly required to work more than 10 hours a day with domestic chores such as preparing meals, doing laundry, and looking after children. She sought help from a compatriot, who helped her file an exploitation complaint to police.

By July of the same year, the Vietnamese woman was rescued and given rehousing assistance by Taiwan police.

The accused pair insisted that they did not intend to exhaust the Vietnamese woman, who was paid by NT$20,000 (US$666) a month and given days off. They claimed they did not ask her to work overtime and she had volunteered to cook and looking after children after work.

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