To a far lesser extent, it is a source of women trafficked to Japan, Australia, the United Kingdom, and the United States for sexual exploitation and forced labor, as well as a transit area for People's Republic of China (PRC) citizens seeking to enter the United States illegally, some of whom may become victims of debt bondage and forced prostitution.
Most trafficking victims are workers from rural areas of Vietnam, Thailand, Indonesia, and the Philippines, employed through recruitment agencies and brokers to perform low-skilled work in Taiwan's construction, fishing, and manufacturing industries, or to work as domestic workers.
In a 2012 survey, Taiwan's United Daily News found 55 per cent of the public supported same-sex marriage, with 37 per cent opposed.
Those figures could reflect Taiwan's ready acceptance of multi-party democracy and other inclusive attitudes, as well as the fact Taiwan's 23 million people largely follow Buddhism and traditional Chinese religions that take no strong positions on sexual orientation or gay marriage.
Yu Mei-nu, a ruling Democratic Progressive Party MP who is sponsoring the same-sex marriage bill now in line for parliamentary debate, said it would be a big step forward for human rights in the region.
If successful, Taiwan would join countries such as Canada, Colombia, and Ireland that have legalised same-sex marriage over the past 15 years.
Many foreign workers remain vulnerable to trafficking because legal protections, oversight by authorities, and enforcement efforts are currently inadequate.
Taiwan authorities reported that traffickers, including syndicates in Southeast Asia, continued to recruit women from the PRC, Vietnam, Indonesia, and other Southeast Asian countries into marriages with Taiwan men, and then force them into prostitution or exploitative labor upon their arrival.Because luckily, William’s reactions were captured on video by his older brother, David, and it was swiftly posted online.The video was shared on Taiwanese social media and has gained thousands of views on ETtoday.People Can’t Stop Laughing At This Little Boy’s Reaction On A Pirate Ship Ride Picture: Facebook " data-medium-file="https://metrouk2.files.wordpress.com/2016/08/ad_216018470.jpg?quality=80&strip=all&w=300" data-large-file="https://metrouk2.files.wordpress.com/2016/08/ad_216018470.jpg? quality=80&strip=all&w=640" class="img-align-none size-full wp-image-6068959" src="https://metrouk2.files.wordpress.com/2016/08/ad_216018470.jpg? quality=80&strip=all&strip=all" alt="People Can't Stop Laughing At This Little Boy's Reaction On A Pirate Ship Ride Picture: Facebook" width="640" height="360" / But of course, his loss is our gain – entertainment wise, that is.Taiwan's Justice Ministry has not backed a specific bill, but pledged on its website in October to maintain an "attitude of openness" toward same-sex marriage.