Tainan District Court, Taiwan. Photo: Google Maps

A poultry farmer in Tainan, Taiwan, was jailed for two months at Tainan District Court after he was caught employing illegal Indonesian migrants for a second time in April 2018.

According to the Labor Affairs Bureau of Tainan City Government, the man surnamed Yen, owner of a poultry farm dedicated to raising chickens, had already been fined heavily in March 2018 for hiring illegal Indonesian nationals who were discovered during two raids in August and September 2017, the China Daily News reported.

Despite the heavy fines, the authorities received new complaints over Yen reportedly using illegal migrants by offering them meals and accommodation, prompting the authorities from Labor Affairs and Immigration to conduct another raid.

During the raid on April 12, 2018, a total of 10 Indonesian men and women were arrested for working on Yen’s farm. None of those arrested had a valid work permit, as they had all previously run away from their former employers.

The Taiwanese farmer was sentenced to two months in jail, with the alternative of paying a fine for violating the Employment Services Acts. The 10 illegal employees are now awaiting repatriation.

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