Taiwanese Official Accused Of Abusing Housekeeper

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) _ The director of a Taiwanese cultural
office in Kansas City is in custody after her housekeeper alleged
she was isolated, forced to work long hours and paid far less than

Hsien-Hsien Liu, director general of the Taipei Economic and
Cultural Office, was charged Thursday with violating federal law in
her treatment of her Filipino housekeeper.

The Kansas City Star reports Liu, of Lenexa, Kan., will remain in custody until a detention hearing next Wednesday.

An FBI affidavit says Liu wouldn't let the housekeeper leave the
house without permission, forced her to work 16- to 18-hour days
and paid her $400 to $450 a month.

The housekeeper escaped with help from a Filipino man she met at
a grocery store.

Court records do not list an attorney for Liu.

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