Taiwan Envoy Detained in US for Abusing Filipina Maid

A Taiwanese envoy to the United States, now detained in Kansas City, faces a prison term and a penalty over allegations that she maltreated her Filipina helper.

Taipei Times reported yesterday that Jacqueline Liu, director of the Taipei Economic and Cultural Office (TECO) in Kansas City, has been detained since November 10 and faces charges of forcing her Filipina maid to work excessively long hours, paying her less than promised, keeping her in virtual isolation and taking her passport.

According to court documents, the Filipina maid had escaped from Liu’s home, and the envoy had then tried to look for her and have her deported.

The report quoted the prosecutors as saying that Liu had also maltreated her previous maid, and had even physically abused her. Read the rest here.