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Chinese prosecuted for online child sex exploitation in Vietnam

Friday, December 11, 2020, 15:10 GMT+7
Chinese prosecuted for online child sex exploitation in Vietnam
Police officers uncover many livestream equipment at the apartment of the Chinese group in Da Nang. Photo: H.B. / Tuoi Tre

The People's Procuracy of Da Nang City on Thursday prosecuted a group of five Chinese nationals and one Vietnamese citizen allegedly forcing children to live-stream sex acts, said a source of Tuoi Tre (Youth) newspaper.

On December 16, 2019, local police busted a pedophile ring which included five Chinese aged from 22 to 38.

It was led by one of the Chinese whose name was transcribed as Truong Tue Man and a Vietnamese named Sam Thi Sen, a resident of the Central Highlands province of Gia Lai.

Upon the arrest, Da Nang police filed legal proceedings against the suspects and took them into four-month custody for "having sexual intercourse with children from 13 to 16."

According to indictment, Man masterminded a scheme to earn money from having Vietnamese girls perform sexual acts on Chinese platforms.

Man later asked Sen for help in searching for some young girls via social networks and others to join live-streaming and sharing.

They rented and fitted out a room on Le Minh Trung Street in Da Nang with smartphones and holders to film porn scenes.

Sen was in charge of interpretation and negotiation with the victims, offering to pay them VND700,000 (US$30) for six hours of naked live-streaming and VND1-1.5 million ($43-65) for having sex with Chinese men for from six to nine hours.

Between March and September 2019, the suspects were reported to repeatedly "have sexual intercourse with children under 16."

According to Vietnamese law, having sex with a person from 13 to less than 16 years old is punishable by one to 10 years in prison, depending on the severity of the offense.

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