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Seven Vietnamese workers arrested after fatal stabbing in Taiwan

By Nguyen Quy   February 18, 2019 | 06:21 am PT
Seven Vietnamese workers arrested after fatal stabbing in Taiwan
Tourists visit Taoyuan City in Taiwan. Photo by Shutterstock/laodai
Taiwan police Sunday detained seven Vietnamese migrant workers in connection with the murder of their compatriot in Taoyuan City.

The Vietnamese men are suspected of taking part in the fatal stabbing of a compatriot who tried to act as ‘peacemaker’ during a work-related dispute Sunday morning, Taiwan News reported.

A migrant worker, whose surname is Vu, got into a quarrel with his colleague over work-related issues. Truong and another man, surname Nguyen, tried to stop the dispute.

However, the two men were stabbed during in a scuffle that followed.

When police arrived at the scene, they found Truong and Nguyen lying in a pool of blood. Both were taken to the local hospital’s emergency ward, but Truong succumbed to his injuries and died later while the other man is still being treated at the hospital.

Police are holding the seven Vietnamese suspects, including Vu, in custody on homicide charges. An investigation is ongoing.

Ever since Taiwan lifted a 10-year ban on certain categories of Vietnamese workers in 2015, the territory has emerged as a promising destination for Vietnamese workers looking for jobs overseas.

The average wage that Taiwanese employers pay to Vietnamese workers is around $700- 800 a month, which is three or four times the typical remuneration in Vietnam.

In 2018, 65,000 Vietnamese workers were sent to Taiwan, accounting for nearly half of Vietnam's overseas workforce last year.

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