A court in Ho Chi Minh City on Wednesday found three women guilty of running illegal sex rings inside their bars, targeting foreign male clients.
Nguyen Thi Ngoc Loan, 39 and Nguyen Thi Nguyet Lan, 34, received a sentence of 10 months and 10 days each, while Pham Thi Hoa was given a 10-month term.
Loan and Lan were released immediately because they had been detained long enough during the investigation.
The co-owners of Sino Bar in District 1 hired ten young women and urged them to provide sex services to foreign customers.
The sex workers reportedly had to pay the bar owners a fee of around VND500,000 (US$22) per client. They could avoid the fee if their clients ordered at least seven drinks from the bar.
Hoa, the owner of Hai Chi Em in the same district, ran a similar ring, earning around $26 from each sex worker.
The clients reportedly paid up to $100 for sex.
The rings were busted in October last year when police caught two women from the bars with their clients at a local hotel.
According to the indictment, the bar owners have earned more than VND400 million (nearly $18,000) in total from procurement fees. Hai Chi Em was opened in 2011.