In midst of epidemic prevention efforts, people smugglers attempt to land 31 Vietnam nationals

Police and coast guard officers seized a boat and arrested two Taiwanese and 31 Vietnamese nationals off the coast of Pingtung County, yesterday March 21. The people-smuggling bust comes at a time when Taiwan is ramping up efforts to prevent the spread of COVID-19, including a ban on the entry of foreign nationals, and compulsory quarantines for residents returning from abroad. A joint police and coast guard task force responded after receiving intelligence about the people smuggling operation involving a

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2 Vietnamese Illegal Immigrants Die Attempting to Land in Taitung

Two Vietnamese nationals died when an inflatable raft overturned while attempting to land on a beach in Taitung County this morning. Another 3 illegal immigrants, and two Taiwanese people-smugglers were arrested after a search of the area. Coast Guard officers from Kaohsiung intercepted a fishing boat carrying 16 Vietnamese at around 2:30am, 12.5 nautical miles off the east coast of Pingtung County. Meanwhile, at around 2:17am, officers of the coast guard’s 10th squadron in Taitung County detected by radar a

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Coast Guard Intercepts Boatload of Illegal Immigrants

[Cover Picture: Liberty Times Network] A Chinese fishing boat carrying 19 illegal immigrants from Vietnam was intercepted by Kaohsiung Coastguard officers yesterday evening, April 9, 2017. According to a Liberty Times Network report, 10 females and 9 males had paid people smugglers around US$6,000 (NT$180,000), to be transported to Taiwan. The Vietnamese had traveled to the coast of China, where they boarded the fishing vessel. Coastguard officers arrested the 19, along with 3 boat crew around 12 nautical miles off

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