Always disconcerting to see someone you know on the front page of the Apple Daily:
I’m editing this to reflect a more accurate translation: three businessmen were allegedly bringing in women from Uzbekistan to serve as surrogate mothers; and surrogate motherhood is (I’m surprised to learn) illegal in Taiwan. One of the women turned up as positive for HIV, so one of the businessmen persuaded his ex-wife, “Rita”, to pretend she was that woman and request another test. When the test came up negative, authorities investigated the discrepancy and the whole jig was up.
But the point is – holy crap! I know “Rita.” She used to work at Malibu on Jen Ai Circle. She told me she was from Azerbaijan, not Uzbekistan, but one way or another I was always a little curious how a white woman from Central Asia ended up in Taiwan.