A Filipino transgender woman on visa-free visit and a Taiwanese man were arrested in a hotel in Taipei, Taiwan, for allegedly engaging in illicit sexual activities.

Officers from the Daan Precinct of the Taipei City Police Department have lately received reports regarding a surge in the number of visa-free tourists from Southeast Asian countries visiting nightclubs in Taipei, The Liberty Times reported.

Preliminary investigation suggested that they were transgender sex workers allegedly looking for prospective customers through the use of dating apps.

Alternatively, while dressed provocatively, transgender women would visit clubs in small groups, looking for interested male patrons.

On August 11, officers intercepted a conversation between a transgender Filipino named Garner and a Taiwanese man surnamed Lin, during which the pair negotiated and agreed to a sex transaction at a fee of NT$3,000, down from the original price of NT$10,000.

Officers raided their hotel room, and checked the personal ID of the two people in the room. The alleged customer was reportedly shocked to learn that the sex worker was a transgender woman whose passport declared her as “male”.

Both were arrested and remanded under the Social Order Maintenance Act and Immigration Act to assist further investigations.