A Changhua County man surnamed Huang was sentence to seven and a half years in prison today for sexually assaulting a Vietnamese homecare worker who was hired to care for his disabled son, Liberty Times reported.
The sexually assault occurred on the woman’s first day of work on November 10, 2016. She arrived at Huang’s home at noon and was forced into sexual intercourse after lunch. She was raped repeatedly over the next three days. Huang even attempted to sexually assault her in a hospital bathroom during a doctor’s visit for his son on November 19.
In total, the woman was raped at least five times and managed to prevent Huang a sixth time.
The Changhua District Prosecutor sought a heavier sentence of 10 years, but the Changhua District Court was more lenient with seven and a half years. Huang said he would not appeal but requested a lighter sentence to help care for family in addition to settlement of NT$145,000 (US$4,818) paid to his victim.
Local media has reported on the abuse of foreign care workers in Taiwan in recent years, including other cases of rape. The US Department of State mentioned the abuse and rights of foreign workers, particularly homecare workers, in Taiwan in its “Country Reports on Human Rights Practices for 2016.”
Vietnamese domestic care workers were allowed to find jobs in Taiwan beginning in 2015 after a 10-year hiatus, Focus Taiwan reported.