Child trafficker jailed for 3 years in southern Vietnam

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The Ho Chi Minh City People's Court Friday (Dec 16) sentenced a man to three years in jail for abetting a gang trafficking children from China  to France via Vietnam, Sai Gon Giai Phong newspaper reported.

Tran Van Xuan, 34, of the northern province of Quang Ninh had escaped when seven other Vietnamese members of the gang were arrested by the HCMC police in 2006.

The arrests had been made following a joint operation by Chinese and Vietnamese authorities against a transnational gang which sold Chinese children to other countries.

The seven stood trial in 2009. The gang's leader, Pham Anh Tuan, was sentenced to six years while the others got between two and three years.

A warrant was issued for Xuan, but he remained at large until June this year.

He was found guilty of helping Tuan bring seven Chinese children from Quang Ninh Province, which neighbors China, to Bac Ninh Province, and handing them over to other gang members between October 2005 and May 2006.

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The children were then taken to HCMC before being sent to Cambodia.

Xuan was paid VND1.5 million (US$71) for each child.

Between July 2005 and May 2006 the gang brought 58 children and a woman into Vietnam through the Mong Cai Border Gate in Quang Ninh.

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