Sex party involved minor
An initial investigation into an alleged sex party on a Chu-kuang Express train on Feb. 19 revealed that an underage female was involved, prosecutors said yesterday. The girl, 17, told the Railway Police Bureau earlier in the day that the sex was consensual, said Lee Hai-lung (李海龍), spokesman for the Banciao District Prosecutors’ Office. The girl was charged with violation of the Social Order Maintenance Act (社會秩序維護法) and of the Children and Youth Welfare Act (兒童及少年福利法) and her case has been referred to a juvenile court, Lee said. A man surnamed Tsai (蔡), who allegedly arranged the sex party, was arrested on Monday by the bureau. His case was transferred to the Banciao District Prosecutors’ Office, where he faces charges of violating sexual morality laws, Lee said. Twenty-one other men, three of whom are accused of serving as lookouts, and two women who served as waitresses were also involved, according to police.
Ultramarathoner begins run
Japanese ultramarathoner Ryoichi Sekiya began a 13-day island-wide run yesterday to show his appreciation for Taiwan’s assistance to Japan after the country was battered by a massive earthquake and tsunami on March 11 last year. Sekiya, who won his sixth consecutive Soochow University 24-hour ultramarathon in December last year with a distance of 261.257km, started his run at the school’s track, which he said was as familiar to him as his hometown. The 45-year-old will try to average 82km a day to complete the 1,064km run. His goal is to return to the university’s track on March 11 at 1:20pm for a memorial service to commemorate the victims of last year’s disasters, the school said.
Foreigners choose Mandarin
A growing number of foreign students in Taiwan are choosing Mandarin and visual communication design as their majors, according to statistics recently published by the Ministry of Education. In addition to traditionally popular business majors, Chinese language and culture and visual communication design have are among the 10 most popular majors chosen by foreign students over the past three years, ministry figures show. Finance was the top major of choice among foreign students in 2010 and last year, the figures showed. Business administration, management, science and engineering remain popular. The ministry attributed the rising popularity of finance to Taiwan’s increasing recruitment of students from Southeast Asian countries, with the region’s booming financial sector boosting demand for those majors.
A caregiver in New Taipei City (新北市) was charged with negligence after leaving a sick elderly man she was hired to take care of, according to prosecution documents released yesterday. The 27-year-old woman was also charged with causing injury through occupational negligence when the man, who had suffered a stroke, fell down because she did not hold his arm, the Banciao District Prosecutors’ Office said. The man’s son hired the woman in August last year because his father had a stroke and was suffering from Alzheimer’s disease, the documents showed. The woman ran away on Oct. 8 after complaints about not being paid by her employer, the prosecutors said, and was later caught. The woman, despite admitting leaving the man alone at home, did not feel she had done anything wrong, but the prosecutors said she put the man’s life at risk by abandoning him.