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Vietnamese Police Bust Female Trafficking Racket: 7 arrested

Nguoi Viet, news report, Posted: Dec 09, 2008

Further probes will be conducted into a human-trafficking ring that has reportedly snared at least 100 women and sold them to men in several Asian countries and territories over the past three years, police said.

The women are being smuggled to meet demand in countries where the gender imbalance has tilted heavily in favor of men, experts say.

The central police, coordinating with their counterparts in Saigon and neighboring Tay Ninh Province, caught three people Do Bao Thuan, Tran Vi Hung and Nguyen Thien Ngon attempting to smuggle three women into Malaysia at the Tan Son Nhat International Airport in Saigon.

Grilled by investigators, the arrested trio snitched on their accomplices, leading to the arrest of ringleader Nguyen Thi Ngọc Yen, Nguyen Thi Khuan, Nguyen Thị Phi, and Nguyen The Phong.

The police then found seven women in a house, awaiting their turn to go abroad. A police search of the homes of one of the arrested turned up passports and documents proving the ring had smuggled many Vietnamese women abroad since 2006.

Khuan told the police since the beginning of this year, she had procured around 30 girls for Yen.

Initial investigations revealed that when Yens daughter married a Malaysian man in 2006, Yen got to know a Chinese woman, identified only as Lee, who promised to pay Yến $1,000 for each Vietnamese girl she sold to Malaysia.

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