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Vietnamese company director probed for allowing prostitution at hotel

Friday, January 05, 2018, 18:15 GMT+7

The general director of a company in south-central Vietnam is being investigated for letting 25 of his female employees unlawfully sell sex to Chinese at the firm’s hotel in a resort city.

The People’s Procuracy of Khanh Hoa Province on Thursday approved the decision to initiate legal proceedings against Dinh Tien Su, general director of Bach Viet Production and Trading Services Company (Bavico), for being involved in prostitution activities at the Bavico Nha Trang Hotel. 

Located in the beach city of Nha Trang in Khanh Hoa, the hotel is owned by Bavico.

Su, 45, who is residing in Tan Binh District, Ho Chi Minh City, is being released on bail.

According to the Khanh Hoa Department of Police, the general director, along with a man named Nguyen Van Hieu, allowed 25 female employees to illegally sell sex to Chinese clients at the Bavico Nha Trang Hotel on October 24, 2017.

Hieu was the hotel’s business operating staff and was previously arrested by police officers on October 31, 2017.

According to news outlet Dan Tri, Hieu was directly in charge of running the prostitution operation.

Customers were required to pay over VND1.6 million (US$70.46) each time, of which the sex worker would receive VND1 million ($44) while the rest was given to Hieu and the hotel.  

Su was summoned to the police station on Wednesday afternoon to verify his involvement in the offense.

However, Bavico later submitted a document to officers, asking for the general director not to attend such a working session until January 11, as he had to solve some urgent issues of the company, including a dispute with investors of the Bavico Nha Trang Hotel and another hotel in Da Lat, a tourist city in the Central Highlands.

Su has been caught in a series of scandals after many investors and clients, who purchased tourist apartments at the Bavico Nha Trang Hotel, filed a complaint and accused him of fraud.

The company was also accused of constructing the Bavico Nha Trang Hotel on land zoned for national defense purposes.

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