Three women from China's Guangxi Province who entered Taiwan last month have gone missing, the National Immigration Agency (NIA) said yesterday.
The three are suspected to have run away to work illegally in Taiwan, NIA officials said.
The NIA said it had listed the three women — Lu Liying (陸麗英), 39, Huang Xuehua (黃雪花), 27, and Huang Ling (黃齡), 23 — as missing persons, adding that the authorities were doing their best to find and apprehend them.
The case brings to seven the number of Chinese who have absconded in Taiwan since July last year, when Taiwan relaxed restrictions on Chinese tourists, Tourism Bureau data showed.
The other four — three from Fujian Province and one from Liaoning Province — remain at large.
The NIA said the three women arrived in Taiwan on June 21 in a tour group but left the group, taking with them their identity cards and travel documents.
The three were supposed to have left the country on June 28 with the group, the NIA said, adding that their visas had expired.
The officials said the NIA had contacted the Taiwan Strait Tourism and Travel Association and China's Cross-Strait Tourism Association, asking them for assistance in finding the women.
“No further information is available,” they said.
They said the three would be deported once they are caught.