Police in Ho Chi Minh City Monday arrested five people, including two Chinese men who had come to find brides, on trafficking charges.
The Chinese, Jiang Xuhua, 41, and Wu Kuaifa, 31, had reportedly entered the country in March to look for wives with the help of three Vietnamese middlemen.
They had each paid the agents VND120 million after selecting their brides. The mediators reportedly pay a third of the money to the families of the brides, farmers in the Mekong Delta city of Can Tho.
The five were caught red-handed while transacting the payment at a hotel in Binh Tan District, the police said, adding that the brokers had also forged identity papers for the brides to enter China.
One of the brokers, Nguyen Thi Hong Anh, 29 was herself a victim in 2012 after being sold to her Chinese husband by a woman called Nguyen Thi Banh, 61. Anh then became Banh’s accomplice, finding Chinese men looking for Vietnamese wives.
Investigations are continuing.