Vietnamese police said Thursday they have detained seven people, including two foreigners, who allegedly trafficked Vietnamese women to China.
One of them, Ka Thuy Linh, 28, was arrested on Wednesday in Tan Son Nhat Airport, Ho Chi Minh City when she prepared to fly three Vietnamese women to Hanoi before taking them to China.
Police said four foreigners were with Linh at the airport, but refused to reveal their nationalities.
Following Linh's leads, police arrested Truong Thi Minh Hien, Nguyen Thi Lan, both 40, Duong Van Chanh, 64, and his son Duong Quoc Nghia, 29, in Tay Ninh Province, about 100 km northwest of HCMC.
Initial investigation found the foreigners had hooked up with Linh for supply of Vietnamese trafficked wives.
The ring sold the women to Chinese men to for VND250 million (US$11,800) each.
Linh paid each trafficked woman VND30 million ($1,400) and each accomplice VND110 million.
Figures released in 2013 showed that Vietnam police busted more than 3,000 human-trafficking attempts along its border with China since 2003, rescuing around 1,200 would-be victims in 2012 alone.
A Xinhua report in late 2013 quoted Sun Xiaoying, a researcher with the Research Institute of Southeast Asia at the Guangxi Academy of Social Sciences, as saying that China’s gender imbalance led to a surging demand for Vietnamese wives.
China had 697.2 million males and 663.4 million females in 2013, which meant that there were 33.8 million more men than women, according to statistics published by China's National Bureau of Statistic in January.
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