Mei-Chuan Wang (right), section chief of Chiayi County Police Bureau, Foreign Affairs Section, and Dr. Jay Sailey, interpreter, in July 25 meeting with BPSOS.
July 28, 2008: Boat People SOS staff sat down with members of the Taiwanese legal and law enforcement systems on July 25 to discuss BPSOS services to combat human trafficking.
BPSOS was represented by Lisa Lynn Chapman, who heads the Survivor Services Department, and executive director Dr. Nguyen Dinh Thang. The Taiwanese delegation consisted of Yi-Fen Ko, a public prosecutor with the Taipei District Prosecutors’ Office, Mei-Chuan Wang, the section chief of Chiayi County Police Bureau, Foreign Affairs Section, and Dr. Jay Sailey, their interpreter.
Besides their central discussion, Dr. Thang also inquired about Taiwan’s laws concerning crimes committed outside of Taiwan by Taiwanese nationals, since that pertains to the case of the Vietnamese workers in Jordan. The party accused of abusing human and labor rights in Jordan is Taiwanese.
According to the Taiwan delegation, Taiwanese nationals may be persecuted under Taiwan’s laws even if the crime was not committed on Taiwanese soil—if the crime is of a serious enough nature.
Yi – Fen Ko, public prosecutor with the Taipei District Prosecutors’ Office, discusses matters related to human trafficking with BPSOS staff.