Major exports of Taiwan: international phone fraud criminals
The forced extradition of 45 Taiwanese citizens from Kenya on April 8 and April 12 to the Chinese mainland has exposed a major Taiwanese export: international phone fraud criminals. Taiwanese criminals, phone fraud gangs and con men have been operating on Taiwan, then in the Philippines, Indonesia, Egypt and in Kenya since before 2010.
On December 27, 2010, the Philippines police broke an international phone fraud case involving 24 criminals. They included 14 Taiwanese. In 2011, the 14 Taiwanese were extradited to the Chinese mainland.
In 2013, 40 Taiwanese were apprehended by the Egyptian authorities for engaging in phone fraud.
On July 9, 2014, the Taiwanese and Filipino police broke up an international phone and telecommunications fraud gang involving 44 people. There were 24 Taiwanese among them. These Taiwanese criminals were extradited to Taiwan on April 24, 2015.
In May, 2015, 21 Taiwanese answered an ad recruiting “vacation workers in Malaysia” and found that they were hired by a criminal phone fraud gang. After being exposed, 19 admitted guilt and were sent back to Taiwan. Two refused to admit guilt and remain in jail.
In August, September and November of 2015, Australian authorities broke two cases of international phone fraud. In one case, the three main suspects were Taiwanese. They were charged with enslavement of 27 Taiwanese by withholding their passports and forced to make international phone calls to the Chinese mainland and fraudulently transfer money from private accounts to a designated account.
On September 19, 2015, 31 people were apprehended for international phone and telecommunications fraud. They included 19 Taiwanese and 12 citizens of the Chinese Communist mainland. On October 12, they were sent back to Taiwan and to the Chinese mainland.
On December 16, 2015, 49 Taiwanese and 1 Chinese mainland citizen were apprehended by the Indonesian authorities for international fraud.
On April 12, 2016, 42 people suspected of engaging in international fraud were apprehended. They included 31 Taiwanese. The Jakarta police say that more and more tourists from Taiwan and the Chinese mainland have been coming to Indonesia as tourists to engage in international criminal activities.
Back in 2014, Taiwan authorities apprehended 15,172 con men in Taiwan for defrauding NT$4 billion. Taiwanese con men engaged in telephone fraud have defrauded 10 billion renminbi from the Chinese mainland people. One explanation is that because the Taiwanese international phone fraud gangs target the people of the Chinese mainland, the Chinese Communist authorities are very angry and therefore decided to forcibly remove the Taiwanese from Kenya and placed them under heavy guard and flew them back to the Chinese mainland on April 8 and April 12, 2016. They are now all in Beijing subject to prosecution.
Taiwan is complaining about the rough treatment by the Chinese Communist authorities, accusing them of violating human rights and sovereignty of the Taiwanese citizens. One Chinese Communist official states that because Taiwan’s criminal justice is overly lenient towards criminals who commit fraud, and this has angered the Chinese Communist authorities, therefore the Chinese mainland judicial authorities have decided to prosecute the Taiwanese suspects by themselves. The Chinese communist regime considers fraud a major crime and convicted criminals in fraud cases are sentenced to life imprisonment and even to death. Taiwan, on the other hand, has a limit of 5 to 7 years of imprisonment, and few are even sent to prison. In a major fraud case, only one person among about 200 convicted served only one year in prison while the cases against the others were dismissed. Taiwan’s criminal justice is being accused of being too lenient towards criminals who engage in fraud.