13 seized as 2 women-trafficking rings smashed in Vietnam

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Police in the Mekong Delta province of Tay Ninh have arrested 13 people belonging to two gangs for allegedly "trafficking" 60 Vietnamese women to China.

One of the gangs was busted on February 7 when ringleader Nguyen Thi Be Trang, 24, and two others were completing procedures at Tan Son Nhat International Airport in Ho Chi Minh City for two of the victims to fly to China with two Chinese men.

It is not known how the women were persuaded to fly to China.

The raid was carried out by the Tay Ninh police along with their HCMC counterparts and officers from the Ministry of Public Security.

Later three other members of the ring were apprehended, including Trang's father Nguyen Van Thoi, 55.

Police said the gang started operating last year and had sold eight women to Chinese men.

Trang reportedly hired Le Thi Cuc, 47, and Pham Thi Thuy, 40, to find women, paying them VND5 million ($236.97) for each selected by the Chinese men.

Among the suspects is Vo Thi Men, 48, who had previously collaborated with Nguyen Thi Ngoc Hien, 37, to sell Trang to a Chinese man.

She joined Trang's ring after the latter returned to Vietnam and began her own trafficking operations.

Men was in charge of finding victims and completing procedures for them to go to China. She was paid VND35 million ($1,660) for each.

Further investigations led police to the ring led by Hien.

In 2011 Hien, who speaks Chinese fluently, asked a Chinese man to send men to Vietnam to find brides, the police said.

She paid her gang members VND2-3 million for every victim they found.

The gang is thought to have trafficked 50 women to China, earning VND450-500 million ($21,300-23,700).

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