Police in Ho Chi Minh City arrested two local men and their Chinese clients in a hotel on June 19 for taking part in an illegal marriage brokerage, as the foreigners awaited to select brides.
Thong A Loc, 59, from HCMC, confessed to being the organizer while Su Chuc Man, 43, acted as a translator for the Chinese clients, Cen Yi Bin, 41, and Huang Hui Huang, 27, news website VnExpress reported Friday.
Loc said the two women were 18 and 23 years of age, hailing from the Mekong Delta's Bac Lieu and Hau Giang Provinces and came to HCMC hoping to land jobs abroad.
They were brought to the hotel immediately after arriving at HCMC's Mien Tay Bus Station.
One of the women strenuously refused to show her body to the Chinese men. Police broke in during the struggle.
Loc said he had organized many successful bride auctions, in which he received at least US$1,000 from each foreigner who selected a wife.
Investigations showed that Loc started the illegal marriage brokerage in late 2011, after serving three years in jail for sending women to work abroad as prostitutes.
Many Vietnamese women from poor families in the Mekong Delta have made national headlines for becoming the victims of beatings, some of which have been fatal, at the hands of their Taiwanese or South Korean husbands, who were either too old or poor to marry local women in those countries.
The Vietnamese women married these men hoping for fairy tale lives. However, most of these arrangements do not go smoothly, plagued by language and cultural barriers.
In March this year, the South Korean consulate in Vietnam said that a Vietnamese woman was killed by her husband in South Korea.
Last year another Vietnamese woman was stabbed to death by her Korean husband. Similar tragedies were also reported in 2010 and 2007.
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