Officer of the National Immigration Agency in Taoyuan, Taiwan. Photo: Google Maps

Seven men and four women, all Indonesians, were intercepted last Thursday at an apartment in Taoyuan, Taiwan. They were arrested for allegedly possessing illicit substances, and for working and staying illegally in the island country.

The National Immigration Agency’s Specialized Operation Brigade raided an apartment in Zhongli District of Taoyuan County on June 21, where a total of 11 Indonesian men and women were arrested as they no longer had valid work permits. They had become illegal residents after running away from their former employers, The Liberty Times reported on Monday.

Preliminary investigations found that among the arrestees were four couples. One couple who had been married and registered in their home country had with them their nine-month-old son who was born in Hsinchu, northern Taiwan, while another woman was reportedly eight months pregnant.

The men reportedly worked on construction sites to support their partners, while the women would stay home.

The remaining three single men, one of whom was listed as wanted by Penghu District Public Prosecutors’ Office, admitted under police questioning that the illicit drugs and inhalers recovered at the scene belonged to them.

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