2 arrested for running online sex rings in Vietnam

By Dam Huy, Thanh Nien News

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Photos of sex workers in a ring run by Trinh Van Chuong. Photo credit: HCMC Police Department 
Ho Chi Minh City police have arrested two men accused of running two separate sex rings since 2015.
Police said Duong Van Thanh, 38, launched two websites in early 2015 to advertise illegal sex services.
He hired some people to post photos of the sex workers online, receive calls to the hotline, and collect money for him. The man lives in the southern province of Tien Giang, where he also owns a restaurant. 
Police had been watching the ring since early this year. They caught six sex workers with their clients in two hotels in Ho Chi Minh City on July 21. Thanh was arrested in his hometown on the same day.
Thanh confessed he charged each client VND1.5 million (US$67), from which he earned VND500,000.
In the second case, Trinh Van Chuong, 29, used to work for a massage parlor in HCMC’s District 10 and knew many employees who also did sex work.
In July 2015, he created various accounts on Zalo and Wechat mobile chat services and posted sex workers’ photos. He charged each client VND1.6 million and took VND500,000 from the amount.
Police are looking for a procurer in District 4 who allegedly worked with Chuong. 

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