2 women jailed in Vietnam for trafficking of orphanage boy

By Ha An, Thanh Nien News

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Pham Thi Nguyet (L) and Nguyen Thi Thanh Trang during a court in Hanoi on Wednesday. Photo: Ha An Pham Thi Nguyet (L) and Nguyen Thi Thanh Trang during a court in Hanoi on Wednesday. Photo: Ha An

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A court in Hanoi on Wednesday found two local women guilty of selling and buying a boy from an orphanage run by a pagoda. 
Pham Thi Nguyet, who had bought the infant in January last year, received a 48-month term, while Nguyen Thi Thanh Trang got 45 months for selling the boy.
Trang, 37, tasked with taking care of orphans at the Bo De Pagoda, said the boy was left at the orphanage by his mother.
Trang told the mother she could find an adoptive family for the boy. 
She then took the baby and sold him to Nguyet for VND35 million (US$1,560), giving the mother VND10 million ($445). 
Nguyet, 45, brought the baby home. 
In late May last year, the child caught measles. He died at a hospital in Hanoi in June. 
Both of the women claimed that the chief nun of the pagoda did not know about the selling and buying of the boy. There were allegations that the pagoda had been involved. 
Police launched an investigation in August last year after a local philanthropist who was a regular visitor reported the missing of the boy.

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