Police in the Mekong Delta city of Can Tho have arrested the third suspect linked to the trafficking of a teenage girl to Malaysia for sex work.
A police source on Monday said they are investigating Vo Thi Beo, 62, for helping her daughter bring the 15-year-old victim to Malaysia.
The daughter, Nguyen Thi Thuy Trang, was arrested in July last year. Her accomplice Pham Thi Hanh turned herself in soon after that.
Investigators said Trang, 31, moved to Malaysia in 2005 and met Hanh in 2013. They worked together at a local bar.
In August 2014, after Hanh came back to Vietnam, Trang asked her to find young Vietnamese girls to do sex work in Malaysia, promising to pay her 1,000 ringgit (US$240) for each girl.
In June 2015, Hanh met their first victim, who had dropped out of school and was looking for a job.
Hanh lied that she could find her a job at a coffee shop in Malaysia for VND5 million a month. The victim believed her.
The teenager was brought to Ho Chi Minh City, and from there Beo took her to Malaysia, via Cambodia and Thailand.
Trang forced the victim into sex work. She refused to do so and managed to contact her family via social media.
Trang then demanded the victim’s family to pay her VND20 million to have the girl released.
She was arrested in Ho Chi Minh City while receiving the final VND2 million of the sum.