A Taiwanese man was jailed for four years and seven months after being found guilty by Taichung District Court of raping an illegal Vietnamese migrant worker. He was also found guilty of illegally deducting 60 percent of her salary as a job referral charge.
In September last year, the accused surnamed Su, a self-employed employment agent, published online an advertisement in Vietnamese. It announced a temporary position working for a family in Taichung who were looking for a Vietnamese caregiver for a few days, The Liberty Times reported.
The victim named Nova, who was identified as an illegal migrant worker in Taiwan, contacted Su for the job and she worked for the family for six days from September 20 to 25.
It was learned that Su appeared at her workplace on her last day of employment, collected the wages of NT$12,200 on behalf of the woman, and left with her in his car.
While driving, Su gave her NT$4,800, which meant that he had kept 60 percent of her wages for himself.
He then drove to a secluded spot near the Dajia River, which at that late hour was deserted. There, he raped her.
The Vietnamese woman turned herself in at a police station, where she accused Su of rape and illegally skimming her wages.
Su pleaded not guilty in court, arguing that the sex was a payment for him providing transportation.
The judge condemned this as nonsense and sentenced Su to imprisonment for four years and seven months.