Criminals don't seem to worry much in Vietnam. They think they can use money and/or violence to get away with any crime.
The public was shocked to learn that 14-year-old Nguyen Hoang Anh had been tortured by his employers at a shrimp farm in the southern province of Ca Mau for over a year without local authorities noticing.
Huynh Thanh Giang and his wife, Ma Ngoc Thom, imposed medieval torture and punishments within their house, and then did it more openly.
When local police and authorities came to their house after they were tipped off by neighbors, they wrote a report.
The wife was quoted by an official as saying: "It's up to us whether he stays here or whether he leaves.
"You can write the report, but I won't sign it. [I can] tear it up, and hundreds of millions of dong can settle anything."
Nguyen Thanh Binh, head of Ngoc Chanh Commune, which manages the hamlet where the crimes occurred, said the couple even asked him to help them get away their crimes, saying that they would pay him after things were settled.
Local people in the neighborhood, meanwhile, said they didn't dare to alarm police, because the couple had threatened to have gangsters punish them when they had other conflicts.
The same story was heard two years ago when Nguyen Thi Binh, 24, was found being tortured and enslaved by her employers for 13 years at a pho restaurant in the middle of Hanoi.
Local people and the restaurant's customers all knew about the maltreatment. But, once again, they didn't dare to interfere in, saying they were afraid the restaurant owners might take revenge.
It wasn't until one of her neighbors rescued the girl, hid her and then informed police that she was finally saved.
In another case, Ngo Quang Truong, director of real estate investor Hoang Hai Ltd. in Ho Chi Minh City's Hoc Mon District, was arrested last November on charges of fraud and for allegedly hiring contract killers to take out Dang Xuan Si, his deputy who had blown the whistle on his fraudulent land dealings.
These are only a few examples of people who thinking they can solve problems via money and/or violence.
If authorities don't find a way to eradicate this kind of thinking, more and more evil acts will take place with more cruelty.