The Fourth Branch of the police station of the Keelung City Police Department. Photo: Google Maps

Ten Indonesians allegedly working illegally were arrested before they could jump from a balcony and escape during a raid on Monday, according to authorities in New Taipei City in Taiwan.

Acting on a tip-off, police from Keelung City raided a residential unit in Tucheng district in New Taipei City, on Monday, Taiwan Shin Sheng Daily News reported.

Inside a messy room were nine women and one man, all Indonesians who no longer held valid work permits because they had run away from their employers. The illegal workers were allegedly about to escape from the second-floor unit’s balcony, where rock-climbing equipment was found and a mattress had been placed on the ground below.

They were detained for violating the Employment Service Act and the Immigration Act. Officials were looking for their employers and employment agencies, which could have been involved in human trafficking or labour exploitation.

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