Authorities in Taiwan financially support anti-trafficking public awareness efforts by the NGO community. The authorities support the work of NGOs to prevent domestic violence and deal with family issues that may be the root causes of sex trafficking. Tourism officials work with NGOs, hotels and travel agents to discourage sex tourism.1
Officials devote substantial efforts to interdict the illegal movement of travelers through Taipei's international airport.2
Recently, President Chen Shui-bian launched a program designed to prevent teenaged girls getting mixed up in the sex industry.
Authorities monitor the border of Taiwan , however, people do come into Taiwan illegally.
Prof. Shu-Ling Hwang of the National Defense Medical Center in Neihu, Taiwan and Olwen Bedford of National Taiwan University, in Taipei conducted research entitled: Precursors and Pathways to Adolescent Prostitution in Taiwan (PDF file 2.5 Mb)
Taiwanese authorities deal with the governments of Thailand, the Philippines and Vietnam in an attempt to regulate the recruitment of foreign laborers in Taiwan.<3
Taiwan has a statute that specifically penalizes trafficking in children for sexual exploitation, and has other statutes that criminalize general trafficking activities. Law enforcement authorities are trained to investigate and prosecute internet-related sex crimes.4
Local centers run by authorities and NGOs provide a wide range of services to victims of sexual assault, including sheter, legal assistance, medical care, and job training. Financial assistance provided by the authorities approaches half of NGO operating expenses. Police and judicial officials are trained on how to deal with victims of trafficking. Minors who are victims of trafficking are also provided with shelter, counseling and medical care.5
The Government works with NGOs to provide counseling and medical assistance to victims as needed.
Foreign victims of trafficking are repatriated as quickly as possible.
1U.S. State Department Trafficking in Persons (TIP) Report 2003
2U.S. State Department Trafficking in Persons (TIP) Report 2003
3U.S. State Department Trafficking in Persons (TIP) Report 2003
4U.S. State Department Trafficking in Persons (TIP) Report 2003
5U.S. State Department Trafficking in Persons (TIP) Report 2003
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