Police in northern Ha Giang Province have indicted three women for illegally sending young girls to China and then selling them to brothels.
Nguyen Thi Toan, 44, Nguyen Quynh Huong, 26, and Dang Thi Mai Anh, 16 have been arrested on charges of “trafficking humans and organizing for others to go abroad illegally,” the police said.
According to the indictment, in February Huong, at the time a student at the Ha Giang Technique High School, went to Ma Ly Pho, China and prostituted herself at a hotel there.
She then met a young Chinese man, whose name in Vietnamese is Tran Thach Dan, and fell in love with him.
After losing money through his business, Dan colluded with the manager of a hotel in the Chinese province of Guangdong to arrange for prostitutes to operate in the hotel and collect charges from sex workers. Dan and Huong then returned to Vietnam to look for young, beautiful girls to lure into going to China to work. They deceived their victims into believing that they could find jobs for them in China that would pay VND30-40 million (US$1,920) per month. Huong drew Anh into helping her to traffic women and promised to pay her VND1.5-2 million per girl sold to China. On May 19 Anh lured a 17-year-old schoolgirl from Ha Giang, and the ring then sent her on to China. Four days later Anh took five young girls to the Thanh Thuy border gate and handed them to Huong so she could sell them to a brothel in Ma Ly Pho. While Huong, with the help of Toan and another woman who lives in China, was preparing to take the teens accross the border, they were detected and seized by border guards and police in Ha Giang. The force has so far rescued and set free five girls from the ring. Police are expanding their investigation and coordinating with relevant agencies to identify and rescue those Vietnamese women and girls who have been sold to China for prostitution.