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Woman probed for pimping in Vietnam

Monday, January 20, 2020, 13:05 GMT+7
Woman probed for pimping in Vietnam
Tran Thi Binh (L) and young women who worked for her prostitution ring are seen in these provided photos.

The criminal police unit under the Ministry of Public Security on Sunday launched a criminal investigation against a woman for running a prostitution ring implicating many university students in Hanoi.

Tran Thi Binh, 34, who hails from the northern province of Ninh Binh, worked at a nail salon in neighboring Thanh Hoa Province and often agreed to have sex with her customers for money.

With contacts of all her past sex clients, Binh began to work as a pimp, connecting sex buyers and good-looking students at universities and colleges in Hanoi who needed money.

To mitigate risks, Binh only took calls from her saved contacts and would only do business with new clients through recommendations.

In late December 2019, Binh brokered sex between three prostitutes and customers in Hanoi for the price of VND8 million (US$350) each.

Each prostitute was paid VND5 million ($215) while Binh pocketed the remaining VND9 million ($405).

The three pairs were having sex at a hotel in Hanoi on December 29 when police officers raided the establishment and caught them red-handed.

According to investigators, Binh is divorced and owes about VND1 billion ($43,000) to several people due to her past gambling activities.

The case has been handed over to Hanoi police for an expanded investigation.

Pimping is a criminal offense in Vietnam punishable by between six months and 15 years in prison.

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