Kidnapped Vietnamese migrant worker rescued by police

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Photo courtesy of the Taoyuan Police Department

Photo courtesy of the Taoyuan Police Department

Taipei, Aug. 9 (CNA) Taoyuan police have rescued a Vietnamese migrant worker in Hsinchu County a few days after he was kidnapped by four compatriots, tortured, and held hostage for ransom, a police spokesman said Friday.

The Vietnamese, who was working in Taoyuan, was kidnapped on Aug. 2 by four other Vietnamese for allegedly running up a gambling debt, said the Taoyuan Police Department spokesman.

The department received a report of the abduction on Aug. 3, and it alerted the Taoyuan District Prosecutors Office and the Criminal Investigation Bureau under the National Police Agency.

After an investigation, a police task force formed for the case eventually found that the victim was being held in a private home in Hsinchu County.

They also discovered he had been tortured physically and forced by the alleged kidnappers to ask his family members in Vietnam via online streaming to pay off the debt, the spokesman said.

The victim's family reported the incident to the manpower brokerage company in Taoyuan responsible for his work contract in Taiwan, and the company relayed the information to local police.

The kidnappers were demanding a ransom 20 times higher than the gambling debt and wanted the money to be remitted to a designated bank account. They threatened to kill their hostage if their demands were not met, the police spokesman said.

After searching for a few days, the police task force located the whereabouts of the abductors -- three men and one woman who were migrant workers themselves before absconding from their legal employers -- before launching a raid Thursday to rescue the hostage.

During the investigation, the bank account designated by the suspects was frozen with the assistance of Vietnamese police, and as a result, the money the victim's family paid for the ransom was all recovered, the spokesman said.

(By Chiu Chun-chin and Elizabeth Hsu)
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