A delegation of Taiwanese government and nonprofit leaders discusses human trafficking in a summer 2008 meeting at BPSOS headquarters.
January 13, 2009: Taiwan’s legislature has passed a new law to deter human trafficking through increased prosecution of criminals and better protection for victims.
“We welcome this encouraging development,” said BPSOS executive director Nguyen Dinh Thang, who met last month with Taiwanese officials and members of civil society to explain certain elements of US anti-trafficking laws and suggest their inclusion in the new legislation.
According to Radio Taiwan International, under the new law, those found guilty of human trafficking or attempted human trafficking could be sentenced to up to seven years in jail and fined more than US$200,000. If the victims of human trafficking are below the age of 18, there may be even steeper penalties.
The 2008 Trafficking in Persons Report issued by the US State Department ranked Taiwan as a “tier two” country, where forced labor and forced prostitution remain problems.