A court in the southern province of Tay Ninh Wednesday sentenced six women to jail terms of up to 12 years for trafficking women to China and Malaysia.
They had lured 17 women to the two countries, where three others sold them to men as brides. The three are still at large and little is known about them.
Pham Thi Hong Duc, 61, got 12 years for helping traffic 12 women, seven of whom she personally chose.
Nguyen Thi Tam, 41, got 10 years for trafficking four victims, and Tran Thi Thuy, 45, got three years for trafficking one.
Tran Thi Thanh Hue, 30, got seven years for taking five victims to Hanoi for the unidentified members to take to China.
Nguyen Thi Dung, 48, and Pham Thi Mo, 32, received six and five years respectively for helping her.
The ring was busted last August when police at Noi Bai International Airport in Hanoi caught Mo and Hue trying to send a woman aboard with a Chinese man.
The police said late December that human trafficking in Vietnam had increased in the last decade.
They had busted more than 3,000 trafficking attempts since 2003, almost twice the number in the previous eight years, they said.
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