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NIA busts ‘specialty’ prostitution ring

By Jenny W. hsu  /  STAFF REPORTER

The National Immigration Agency (NIA) yesterday announced it had recently busted a prostitution ring in Taipei County headed by two Taiwanese men who specialized in smuggling “big-breasted, baby-faced” women from China.

The lead suspects, surnamed Hsieh and Wu, were allegedly involved in at least 10 cases in which the handlers would bring the Chinese women to Taiwan through fraudulent marriages to be sold to local brothels as soon as they arrived, the agency said.

NIA First Division Captain Hu Peng-hsiang (胡鵬翔) said Hsieh was in charge of finding Taiwanese men who were willing to enter into fake marriages, while Wu was responsible for finding women in China.

The ring operated from an apartment building, Hu said, in which each woman occupied a floor to service clients.

Recently, several video game TV commercials have featured top-heavy women speaking in a “baby voice” to attract male customers. For example, one commercial shows a woman dressed in a low-cut white top and hot pants using a pneumatic drill.

The phenomenon, said Hu, has most likely stirred up a fetish among Taiwanese men for women with big breasts and young-looking faces.

A large sum of money, along with a list of clients and pictures of the women, was found at the scene. Each woman was also given a manual to study in preparation for interviews with immigration officers about their marriage to a Taiwanese man.

Hu said the Chinese women would be repatriated if found guilty of engaging in illegal sex work.

Asked if Taiwanese authorities were concerned about the inhumane treatment the women could face if repatriated, Hu said: “What happens to them in China is beyond our control.”

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