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10 jailed in Vietnam over tourist disappearance scandal in Taiwan

A HCMC court on Tuesday sentenced 10 members of a gang to up to 10 years in jail for organizing for 128 people to go to work in Taiwan illegally.

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A HCMC court on Tuesday sentenced 10 members of a gang to up to 10 years in jail for organizing for 128 people to go to work in Taiwan illegally.

A HCMC court on Tuesday sentenced 10 members of a gang to up to 10 years in jail for organizing for 128 people to go to work in Taiwan illegally.

Nguyen Viet Duc, 42, and Tran Van Danh, 31, the leaders, got 10 years each, and Duc’s girlfriend, Le Dinh Hong Nguyen, got six years for "organizing and/or coercing for other persons to flee abroad," said Cong Ly, the news website of the Supreme People's Court.

Seven other people between the ages of 28 and 60 were sentenced to between three and eight years in prison for the same crime.

Knowing that the Taiwan visa program Kuan Hung has simplified the procedure for groups of 5 or more tourists and is free for Vietnamese, Duc and Nguyen established Vui Vui Tour in Hanoi in 2018. to be able to bring Vietnamese to Taiwan and receive them. stay there working illegally.

The duo teamed up with Danh, the director of a travel agency based in Ho Chi Minh City, to find customers.

Duc and Nguyen are responsible for applying for electronic visas for customers and organizing trips to Taiwan.

On December 21 and 23, 2018, they organized four tours and took a total of 148 people to Taiwan who disappeared upon arrival in Kaohsiung city in a shocking incident that made global headlines.

The missing Vietnamese tourist was later found by Taiwanese police and brought back to Vietnam.

Based on testimonies from tourists, police arrested five members of the gang in May 2019, and the rest after that.

Last year, two Vietnamese and one Taiwanese were sentenced to between three months and three years in prison for helping conceal 148 Vietnamese tourists and securing illegal employment for them in Taiwan.

Statistics from the Taiwan Tourism Bureau show that a total of 225,702 foreign tourists arrived under the visa program between 2015 and 2019.

Among them, 566 people are missing, of which Vietnamese account for 72%.

Since lifting a 10-year ban on certain types of Vietnamese workers in 2015, Taiwan has become a top destination for Vietnamese looking for work abroad.


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