Police in the northern province of Lao Cai have arrested six men and a woman for allegedly tricking local students to China in an attempt to sell them as wives.
Initial investigation found that the suspects, between 19 and 31 years old, brought the victims to a Chinese man, who would then sell them to other Chinese men looking for wives, local media reported.
Some of the girls were approached on Facebook. The group allegedly pretended to have affection for the victims and, after winning their trust, tricked them into traveling to China.
Police said nine high school and college students were sold for nearly VND400 million (US$18,000) from April 2014.
Lao Cai Police started investigating the case after some of the victims escaped and managed to come home with the help of Chinese police. The arrests were made early this month.
Officers from both sides are still looking for the male dealer, believed to be in China.
Human trafficking has been on the rise in Vietnam, with more than 1,000 women and children trafficked abroad between January 2014 and June 2015, mostly to Cambodia and China, according to border guards’ reports.