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Immigration officer guilty of sex abuses
Support group wants reforms after high profile convictionSister Stephana Wei Wei (center left) wants changes to the way migrant cases are handled
- Francis Kuo, Taipei
- October 18, 2012
Shih Pao-ning, 49, was sentenced on Monday after he was found guilty of sexually abusing two Vietnamese women, a Filipina and a Thai.
âSome officials tend to look down upon migrant workers,â said Sister Stephana Wei Wei, director of Catholic-run labor concern group Rerum Novarum Center.
Loopholes in the investigation process of illegal immigrants facilitates crimes against them, she said, adding that immigration authorities âshould prohibit one-on-one closed-door interviews without the presence of an interpreter or social worker.â
Shih's guilt was exposed in evidence that included recordings of interviews he conducted with the four women.
He covered up video cameras in an interview in which he ordered one of the women to strip naked and then touched her breasts, but he failed to switch off the audio.
Shih, previously dubbed a rising star by Taiwanese media after recording a number of high profile human trafficking arrests, had previously been an advocate for migrant human rights and an Â end to their exploitation.
There are currently close to 500 illegal migrants in detention in Taiwan awaiting deportation.
Asia to face âincreased migrationâ