Amway employee accused of sexual abuse during visit

By Tang Wei-min and Stacy Hsu  /  Staff reporter, with staff writer

Tue, Apr 02, 2013 - Page 4

A 37-year-old Chinese male tourist was accused of sexually harassing a female hotel employee on Sunday while visiting Taiwan as part of a group comprised mostly of employees from the Chinese branch of multi-level marketing firm Amway.

According to reports by TVBS-N, the man, named Wang Debin (王德斌), allegedly grabbed a hotel housekeeper’s breast when she came in to clean his room at about 10am and forcibly groped her until the doorbell to his room rang.

Wang, who was on an Amway incentive trip with his wife and coworkers, was said to have declined to join the rest of the group on Sunday morning and stayed in his room alone.

The incident came to light after the housekeeper reported it to her supervisor, surnamed Chen (陳), who subsequently called the police.

The housekeeper has reportedly made a statement to the police, while Wang has denied all allegations made against him.

The marketing company has sent 2,000 employees on five separate trips to Taiwan since March 12. The workers have been received by representatives of the company’s Taiwanese counterpart, Amway Taiwan Co.

The group Wang was with was scheduled to leave the country yesterday.

The sexual abuse allegations could plunge the Chinese company into fresh scandal, after it was embroiled in another controversy in Taiwan early last month.

The firm reportedly rented the National Dr Sun Yat-sen Memorial Hall auditorium for more than 15 days, which allowed it to pay a discounted rate because it had booked the space for more than two weeks.

The company said it was going to stage a three-hour performance of the Legend of the White Serpent (白蛇傳) by the Ming Hwa Yuan Arts and Cultural Group, but it only put on a 10-minute performance and used the memorial hall for five days.