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Four nabbed in southern Vietnam on suspicion of human smuggling

Friday, February 26, 2021, 13:22 GMT+7
Four nabbed in southern Vietnam on suspicion of human smuggling
A member (L) of a human smuggling ring in Long An Province is being interrogated by local police. Photo: An Long / Tuoi Tre

Four suspects have been arrested for alleged involvement in a human smuggling ring that helped Vietnamese people reach Cambodia.

Officers at Song Trang Border Guard Station in Long An Province have apprehended four suspects amid allegations that the group ran a human smuggling ring, a source told Tuoi Tre (Youth) newspaper on Thursday.

They were identified to be Nguyen Thanh Giang, Vo Van Xuan, Le Thi Anh, and Dang Van Sa Mal, all of whom are from Long An.

The four were suspected of assisting two border jumpers in the locale, who were spotted at around 7:30 pm on Wednesday in Cay Me Village of Long An’s Tan Hung District, and detained two hours later by a border patrol cohort.

The border jumpers were identified as Nguyen Thi Kim Hoa, 26, and Nguyen Van Thang, 23, both hailing from the southern province Tay Ninh.

The duo had tried to cross the border through the Tan Hung area of Long An in order to reach Cambodia and secure a well-paying job they had seen advertised on social media.

The incident is not the first case of border jumping busted in Long An Province within this week.

At 12:05 am on Wednesday, Song Trang Border Guard Station cooperated with local forces to detain 14 suspects who had attempted to cross the border from Long An Province.

According to the border guards, these suspects hail from different localities across Vietnam.

Functional forces are investigating the link between this incident and the smuggling ring caught in Tan Hung District.

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