3 China women deported for visa violations: officials


TAIPEI–Three mainland Chinese women were arrested and deported from Taiwan after they were found to be working as bar hostesses at a popular scenic spot in Miaoli County on tourist visas, Taiwanese immigration officials said Wednesday.

The authorities acted on a tip-off and arrested the three women, who were entertaining patrons in an eatery at Zhuolan Canyon, Miaoli, said Chu Ying-lung, an official from the National Immigration Agency (NIA).

Two of the women entered Taiwan as independent tourists, while the other received permission to visit relatives in Taiwan. According to Chu, all three women violated the law by engaging in activities inconsistent with their stated purposes of visit. Working as a bar hostess is not illegal in Taiwan if no sexual transactions are involved. However, under the Act Governing Relations between the People of the Taiwan Area and the Mainland Area, it is illegal for Chinese entering Taiwan to engage in activities inconsistent with the purposes of their permission to visit.

The NIA cautioned Taiwanese not to employ Chinese people to do jobs inconsistent with their visa stipulations, warning that doing so could result in two years in prison and a fine of up to NT$300,000 (US$8,940).