TAIPEI, Taiwan -- Taoyuan County police yesterday arrested aging Taiwanese actor He Yi-hang at his Taipei City residence for allegedly consuming and providing illegal drugs and soliciting sex from prostitutes following a successful bust of a high-class escort service ring.
According to local media, a major crackdown on a large escort service known as "Chai Shen" in the greater Taipei area resulted in over 30 arrests and led the Taoyuan District Prosecutor's Office to evidence of He's alleged indulgence in prostitutes, drugs and menage-a-trois.
He is linked with the possession of amphetamines, media reports revealed. The actor is also accused of providing drugs to escorts.
News of He's illegal activities come in tandem with the arrest of a Taipei City Fire Department firefighter surnamed Kuo, who is also accused of soliciting sex from the expansive escort services of Chai Shen.
According to police reports, Chai Shen is the parent company to as many as 17 smaller escort agencies. The masterminds behind the ring are a Taipei County resident surnamed Yeh and his girlfriend, surnamed Hsu. The couple oversees hundreds of escorts.
Yeh and Hsu allegedly controlled the women working for them with drugs, putting them up for hire at high prices - NT$10,000 to NT$50,000 for sex, with premium girls priced at up to NT$100,000 per transaction. The escorts are often sent to a motel while "home delivery" is said to cost more, according to police reports.
Taoyuan police revealed that He was in charge of getting drugs for the escorts while Kuo provided them with cell phones to arrange sexual transactions.
Police descended upon He's residence early yesterday morning and discovered that the actor had moved out a week before. An arrest warrant was issued for He around noon. By 2 p.m., the actor was caught and arrested in a Taipei City home.
Reporters swarmed around He as he was being transported to the prosecutor's office.
The actor made few comments on the issue, citing his case as pending investigation. He told reporters that he plans to make a public announcement in two days. Bystanders described the actor as looking haggard and weak.