Taiwan police probe 'sex party' allegations

Taipei (The China Post/ANN) - A man suspected of participating in a sex party involving a woman and 17 other men on a moving train carriage claimed yesterday that nothing remotely naughty happened during the ride, while police investigators and Taiwan Railways Administration (TRA) officials scrambled to find out the exact nature of the party.

¿We only chitchatted inside the carriage¿ ¿ one that was locked from the inside during an 80-minute ride from Taipei to Zhunan in Miaoli County on February 19, said the man identified by his surname Tsai.

Asked to comment on allegations that he and his friends each paid NT$800 (US$27) to be admitted to the party, Tsai said this was ¿a personal matter and you have to prove it.¿

A man who claimed he has attended such wild parties said in an interview published in the February 25 issue of the Chinese-language Apple Daily newspaper that NT$800 was ¿impossibly cheap¿ and it was ¿impossible for a woman to have sex with 18 men in 80 minutes.¿

Meanwhile, as the police scanned security camera footage, impounded the carriage, cordoned it off in a marshalling yard and combed its inside for evidence of illegal activities, TRA officials said they were going to revise the company's standardized lease forms to include provisions that people who charter TRA carriages for their exclusive use are required to comply with public order and decency laws and regulations.

According to other media reports, police are expected to summon Tsai to an interview soon and investigate the other passengers and the young woman.

A female legislator from the opposition the Democratic Progressive Party on Thursday alleged that 18 men rented the carriage and had a ¿sex party¿ after a young woman boarded the train and entered the carriage at Yingge Township in Taoyuan County, about midway to Chunan.

Yeh Yi-tsing, the legislator, said she was tipped off by postings on a blog, accusing TRA of negligence.

A railway conductor who tried to enter the carriage at Shulin Station in southern New Taipei left when he found the carriage door was locked, the TRA said in its self-defense.

The TRA should review its rental mechanisms, Yeh said, adding that the railway police should not have thought it was none of their business when they found the carriage door locked.

¿It is very dangerous,¿ she said.

Both Yeh and Chen Ting-fei, secretary general of the DPP legislative caucus, demanded a report from the TRA, calling the agency ¿ridiculous.¿

The TRA should have been more watchful, Chen said.

Law enforcement officers, however, are hard put to punish the revelers even if there is evidence that a ¿sex party¿ has been held.

According to the Railway Act, TRA passengers who violate public order and decency regulations shall be denied service. Aside from that, violators face no other consequences.

The media are calling the incident ¿the naughty carriage¿.

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