A stage director used his reputation to lure young women into his ring, which served mostly wealthy businessmen
A court in Ho Chi Minh City on Thursday sentenced a man and four women to up to four years in jail for running a lucrative sex ring targeting an upscale clientele.
Le Bao Loc, 41, received the longest sentence of four years while his accomplices got at least one and a half years.
They were all found guilty of procuring sexual services, but some media reports said the women also did sex work themselves.
Loc, a stage director, and the group were arrested in April last year. Their ring was busted when police caught six sex workers and their clients at a hotel in Binh Chanh District.
The ring's sex workers, mostly college students and part-time models aged 23-26, told police that they had to pay the procurers half of what they earned, which was US$1,000 per client.
According to investigators, the ring began its illegal operation in 2013 and was soon expanded. It provided sex services at a price range of $500-1,000 to wealthy businessmen.
Loc had successfully used his occupation as a director to lure young women, mostly newcomers of the entertainment industry, into his illegal business.