Taipei City Police Department, Taipei, Taiwan. Photo: Google Maps

During a recent special operation, police rescued a 22-year-old Vietnamese woman who seemingly had been forced into prostitution in New Taipei City. After coming to Taiwan to be a domestic care giver, she had allegedly been forced into sex work by her employment agency.

During the police operation, the victim surnamed Nguyen ran towards officers, begging for help in a mixture of Mandarin and English, China Times reported.

Preliminary police investigations showed that the victim had come to Taiwan for a two month visit, and intended to gain work as a domestic care giver.

However, the employment agency instead advertised her online as a prostitute. The advertisements allegedly priced sex sessions with her at only NT$2,200 (US$73), about half the price charged by Taiwanese counterparts.

The agency allegedly claimed that it was in Nguyen’s better interests to go into prostitution, as they said she could definitely make more money than a care giver given her beauty and physique.

The report did not state whether action was being taken against the employment agency.

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