LEAWOOD, Kan. - The Director General of the Taipei Economic and Culture Office, Jacqueline Liu, is in a Johnson County jail after being arrested last Friday on a fraud charge.
The indictment said Liu, falsely brought a Filipino woman to her Johnson Co. home on false pretenses. The indictment said the housekeeper was working about 100 hours a week for $400 a month. Investigators said the Liu's home in Johnson Co. had surveillance cameras in it.
"It's literally enslavement no matter how you look at it," said Filipino Association of Greater Kansas City member Jose Bayani.
Bayani said the housekeeper used grocery trips to tell her story to other people. A Filipino man heard her story and helped her escape from Liu's home in late August.
"She was working so much practically a live in maid and she was being paid a quarter of what she was supposed to be paid," Bayani.
He said the housekeeper was supposed to be paid $1200 a month. The money was going to be used to help her children living in her homeland.
"There are no jobs back home there are so many people and not enough jobs," said Bayani.
The housekeeper plans to stay in America to find another job. She is living in a shelter.
Liu, is being held in the Johnson Co. jail until her next court appearance on Wednesday.
Editor's note: In a video previously attached to this story, the wrong home was shown. The home was not Liu's home.