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Ho Chi Minh City police bust prostitution ring involving beauty queens, actresses, models, students

Ho Chi Minh City police bust prostitution ring involving beauty queens, actresses, models, students

Tuesday, January 02, 2024, 14:04 GMT+7
Ho Chi Minh City police bust prostitution ring involving beauty queens, actresses, models, students
Ho Thi Hanh (L) and Dau Thi Lien. Photo: Supplied

Police in Ho Chi Minh City have arrested two 22-year-old women on suspicion of running a prostitution brokerage racket involving beauty queens, models, students, and actresses who sold sex for VND14-50 million (US$577-2,060) per meetup. 

A representative of the municipal police department said on Sunday that Ho Thi Hanh and Dau Thi Lien had been taken into custody for their alleged role in managing the ring.

Last Wednesday, police raided the Athena Hotel on To Hien Thanh Street in District 10, where they caught a 23-year-old model and the 27-year-old winner of a Vietnamese beauty pageant providing prostitution services to clients for VND50 million ($2,060) each.

A local university student and a ‘hot girl’ were also caught selling sex for VND14 million ($577) each at the Bonita Hotel on Tran Hung Dao Street in District 5.

The four prostitutes admitted that Hanh and Lien were the intermediaries for their sexual transactions.

At the police station, Hanh and Lien confessed that they had contacted many young women, mainly ‘hot girls,' beauty queens, actresses, and models, and then sent photos of the girls and newspaper articles about them to potential customers.

Hanh said she had been managing over 30 sex workers when she was arrested and that she and Lien kept VND4-15 million ($164-616) from each deal they made.

They also made themselves available to clients for a fee ranging from VND25 million ($1,027) to VND50 million ($2,054) per encounter.

Police have called on their accomplices to come forward.

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Thanh Ha - Minh Hoa / Tuoi Tre News

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