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Vietnam busts illegal service guiding people through border-crossing to China

Friday, April 09, 2021, 16:27 GMT+7
Vietnam busts illegal service guiding people through border-crossing to China
Three men behind a border-crossing guiding service in Lao Cai Province, Vietnam. Photo: Trung Dung / Tuoi Tre

Border guard officers in the northern Vietnamese province of Lao Cai on Thursday broke up a ring that assisted people to illicitly cross border to China.

The border guard command at the Lao Cai international border gate has decided to start criminal proceedings against Di Hoi Seng, 29, Ly Seo Phin, 29, and Po Chai Thang, 28, in Muong Khuong District for organizing illegal entry from Vietnam to China.

Seng, Phin, and Thang are people of three different ethnic minorities.

They grew up and are living near the Vietnam – China border in Muong Khuong, thereby knowing the terrain there well like the back of their hand.

They used social media networking apps like Zalo and WeChat to keep in touch with their Chinese connections without attracting Vietnamese authorities’ attention.

The group admitted to the Vietnamese functional forces that they had taken advantage of dark nights and the rough terrain to successfully help a total of 19 people walk three kilometers across the forest for more than three hours to illegally enter China since September 2020.

They charged each person they had assisted 700 yuan (US$106) after each trip.

By the time of their arrest in the most recent affair, the trio claimed that each of them had received 2,500 yuan ($381) in total from the border jumpers.

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