Man arrested for alleged rape of caregiver; prosecutors seek detention

Taichung prosecutors on Sunday filed a motion with a local court to detain a Taiwanese man who was arrested for allegedly sexually assaulting an Indonesian caregiver employed in his home in Taichung.

The man, surnamed Hsieh, was arrested by Taichung police in the earlier hours of Sunday and was referred to Taichung prosecutors, according to police.

After questioning the suspect, prosecutors filed a court motion for his detention, on the grounds that he posed a flight risk, police said.

Taichung prosecutors had issued an order for the arrest of the Taiwanese man Saturday after interviewing the alleged victim.

Prosecutors also took into consideration a video recorded by the woman on her phone, which allegedly showed her being sexually assaulted by the man.

The Taiwanese man had been missing since Friday when the woman reported via a helpline that she had been raped and the police went to the man's home to investigate, police said.

Based on information about Hsieh's daily routine, the police tracked him down and arrested him around 2 a.m. Sunday in an area about 4-5 kilometers from his home.

After he was arrested, Hsieh, 58, confessed that he had raped the caregiver and said he had fled his home and had been hanging out on the streets.

Hsieh, who is married and lives with his parents, hired the caregiver to take care of his sick father, according to authorities.

Police said the woman first reported the alleged assault on Friday via the 1955 hotline -- a toll-free, round-the-clock service run by the Ministry of Labor for foreign workers.

The woman told authorities that she had recently sent a video to her employment agency, showing an incidence of her being sexually assaulted by her employer in Taichung, but the brokerage took no action.

A video posted on YouTube on Sept. 8 and on an Indonesian news site purportedly shows the Taiwanese man raping the Indonesian woman.

In the five-minute video, a gray-haired man with a bare chest is seen apparently sexually assaulting a woman, who repeatedly begs him to stop. The video has since been removed from the YouTube site.

The Taichung City Government's Labor Affairs Bureau said Sunday it will continue to work with the city's police and Center for Prevention of Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault to determine whether the employer and the employment agency should be fined NT$60,000 (US$1,903) to NT$300,000 for violation of regulations related to the matter.

According to the bureau, the Indonesian woman was hired through a legal employment process and came to Taiwan on Dec. 20, 2015 to take care of Hsieh's sick father, who is in his 90s. The bureau said it paid an inspection visit to Hsieh's home on Jan. 21 and the situation appeared normal at the time.

Source: Focus Taiwan News Channel