Police in the northern province of Hung Yen on Wednesday said they had arrested two men and a woman for allegedly holding a 13-year-old girl against her will and raping her, Tuoi Tre reported.
Nguyen Van Tung, 48, and his daughter-in-law Vu Thi Van, 22, are being investigated for the illegal captivity of the girl while Ly Van Thien, 19, is investigated for rape allegations.
Due to her family’s financial difficulties, the girl known as L., hailing from Nam Dinh Province, reportedly left her hometown to work for a restaurant owned by Tung in Hung Yen Province.
Early last month, Tung found the restaurant lost some money.
He suspected that L. stole the money. He and his daughter-in-law Van handcuffed the girl and kept her in a room.
They starved the girl while interrogating her at the same time.
L. confessed she had stolen some money from the restaurant and gave it to her boyfriend that she met on Facebook.
The girl said she did not remember how much she had taken. Tung later told the police his restaurant lost VND27 million (US$1,200).
On November 9, L.’s mother was informed of her daughter’s detention and called the police for help.
The police rescued the girl and took her to a hospital.
Tests showed she was sexually abused.
L. also told the police she was repeatedly raped by Thien, an employee of the restaurant, while she was being held against her will.
The police arrested Tung, Van and Thien afterwards. All of them admitted their crimes.