4 arrested for 'trafficking' Vietnamese brides to China

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Police in the southern province of Tay Ninh said Monday they have arrested four people for brokering marriages for Vietnamese women with Chinese men and sending them to China.

 

Truong Bac Siu, 46, Pham Thi My Le, 42, Ho Ngoc Xuan, 37, and Nguyen Hong Lan, 37, are being held on charges of "trafficking women."

 

On October 12 Siu and Le were arrested at Ho Chi Minh City's Tan Son Nhat International Airport as they were leaving for Hanoi with three Vietnamese women and three Chinese men.

 

The duo confessed they were going to Hanoi to leave for China by road.

 

Based on their testimony, the police arrested Xuan and Lan, two other members of the gang.

 

Siu said he used to work as a xe om (motorbike taxi) driver in HCMC and got to know a Chinese man in February last year.

 

He had asked Siu to look for Vietnamese women who wanted to marry Chinese men, and offered to pay Siu VND60 million (US$2,879) for each bride.

 

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Siu, Le, Xuan, and Lan looked for women in Tay Ninh Province, and had acted as matchmakers for nine women by the time of their arrest.

 

Investigations are continuing.

 

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