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2 lady boys arrested for robbing foreigner in Vietnam’s backpacker area

Friday, July 18, 2014, 18:36 GMT+7
2 lady boys arrested for robbing foreigner in Vietnam’s backpacker area
Two lady boys: Nguyen Thanh Tay (L) and Nguyen Ngoc Thien

Two transgender men have just been arrested for robbing a South Korean man in the Pham Ngu Lao backpacker area in Ho Chi Minh City’s District 1, local police announced on Friday.

Twenty-six-year-old Nguyen Thanh Tay, a.k.a. Thy Giao, and 17-year-old Nguyen Ngoc Thien, also called “hottie,” are being detained on robbery charges, according to police in District 1.

The duo is suspected of enticing foreign tourists to have sex with them in order to rob them, the police said.

Investigators said that at 11:45 pm on July 16, Thien and Tay traveled on a motorcycle around the backpacker area to offer sexual services to foreigners with the purpose of robbing them.

The two then found S.M.K., a 37-year-old South Korean man, talking on his phone on a sidewalk at the intersection of Tran Hung Dao and Yersin Streets in District 1.

Thien drove closer to the foreign man for Tay to grab S.’s LG cell-phone. The pair sped away after snatching the device.  

However, local patrol police timely spotted their robbery and chased after them. The two lady boys were arrested shortly after.

Police in District 1 on the same day nabbed two suspects of another robbery in which an Australian visitor had his cellphone and wallet snatched while he was walking on Cong Quynh Street in Pham Ngu Lao Ward.

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