The China Post news staff
The Criminal Investigation Bureau (CIB) yesterday arrested a violent crime ring that allegedly terrorized teenaged girls in handing over their money or other valuables by framing and blackmailing the victims.
According to the CIB, one of the members of the crime ring, surnamed Su, framed a girl for slander and blackmailed her for money. The victim, surnamed Hsu, refused to pay the sum and was confined by members of the crime ring for 17 days. Hsu was later forced to serve in hostess clubs with all her earnings being taken by the crime ring. Su took naked photos of the victim and threatened to intimidate her family. The victim was terrified and paid a total of NT$70,000 to the suspects. The Kaohsiung District Prosecutors Office detained a total of 4 members of the crime ring and seized incriminating evidence that included drugs, weapons and financial statements. All suspects admitted the crime except Su. The police are now looking for other victims who are willing to testify. The suspects were charged with organized crime, blackmail, obstruction of personal freedom, etc by prosecutors.