Police apprehend three for trafficking Vietnamese women to China

Three Vietnamese women have been arrested for selling their compatriots to China

An official from the Border Guard force of Ba Ria-Vung Tau Province reads the arrest warrant to Nguyen Thi Hien (C) on May 17, 2015.

A Vietnamese woman whose husband is Chinese and two accessories have been arrested for selling Vietnamese women to China, police officers said.

Colonel Tran Cong Hieu, commander of the Border Guard of the southern province of Ba Ria-Vung Tau, on Monday said they have detained Nguyen Thi Hien, 30, who lived in the southern Vietnamese province of Ben Tre before coming to China with her Chinese husband.

Hien was arrested on Sunday, when she returned to Vietnam via Tan Son Nhat International Airport in Ho Chi Minh City.

A day later, the border guard force detained two other women who were Hien’s accomplices in the human trafficking ring.

Their latest victim was L.T.B.H., 31, a resident in Ba Ria-Vung Tau.

Investigators said H. met Hien through an acquaintance when she returned to Vietnam from China early this month.

Hien then suggested taking H. to China to work as a tea picker for VND5 million (US$229) a month.

H. agreed to the suggestion, but Hien then told her on May 6 that she would be sold to a Chinese man for 70,000 Chinese yuan ($11,270).  

She turned Hien down and asked her for a return to Vietnam, but the latter said H.’s family would have to pay VND35 million ($1,605) in exchange for her release.

As her family had no money to pay to Hien, H. had to live in the Chinese man’s house, Nguoi Lao Dong (Laborer) newspaper reported. 

On May 8, H. told the man that she wanted to come back to Vietnam to take her two children to China to live with him, according to Nguoi Lao Dong. 

The man agreed to H.’s plan and he gave Hien 7,000 Chinese yuan ($1,127) for their trip back to Vietnam. 

H. then informed her relatives of her situation and they reported it to the local border guard force, which arrested Hien when she arrived at Tan Son Nhat with her victim on Sunday.

From Hien’s testimony, the force arrested her two accomplices: Vu Thi Kim Loan, 47, and Nguyen Thi Hai, 33, both living in Ba Ria-Vung Tau, on Monday.

Loan and Hai sought women who wanted to go to China for work and introduced them to Hien, investigators said.

According to their agreement, Hien would pay Loan and Hai VND15 million ($688) each when a Vietnamese woman is sold to China.

Further investigation is underway.

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