《TAIPEI TIMES》 Taiwanese-led fraud operation busted in Turkey
A Turkish national flag is pictured on a passenger ferry in Istanbul, Turkey, on Aug. 16. Photo: Bloomberg
GLOBALLY INVOLVED: Prosecutors in Taichung are reviewing evidence seized in the raid, in which 27 Taiwanese were detained, an official said
By Jonathan Chin / Staff writer, with CNA
Turkish authorities on Friday detained 27 Taiwanese in a raid on an alleged human trafficking and Internet fraud ring, multiple Turkish media outlets reported.
State-run TRT Haber TV reported that the raid in the port city of Bodrum was carried out by local authorities assisted by a Taiwanese law enforcement agency.
News site Haberturk.com said that the alleged criminal organization operated from a rented house in the city.
Most of the suspects are Taiwanese, the news site said, adding that they were allegedly involved in international criminal operations.
An image published by the state-run Anadolu Agency showed what appeared to be 23 Republic of China passports displayed next to the logos of the government of Mugla Province.
Taichung District Prosecutors’ Office Deputy Chief Prosecutor Cho Chun-chung （卓俊忠） yesterday said that his office and the National Police Agency have been working with Turkish law enforcement officials on the case.
Taiwanese police officers are reviewing evidence connected to the raid, he said.
Ankara and Taipei have yet to settle on a date to repatriate the suspects, Cho added.