Chinese, Vietnamese arrested on suspicion of child trafficking

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Police in the northern province of Lang Son have arrested six people, including two Chinese women, for allegedly trafficking 20 newborns to China, the news website VnExpress reported on Friday.

According to the report, on May 15 local police found two Chinese women carrying a one-week-old boy on a bus.

The women, Lu Sang Lung, 52, and her daughter Me Diem Binh, 25, told police that they hailed from Guangxi Province and had entered Vietnam many times via the Chi Ma Border Gate to buy babies from Tang Thi Cai, 56.

Police then raided Cai's house in Hoang Dong Commune and confiscated the birth certificates of 20 babies, VnExpress said.

Cai told police that she had joined hands with the Chinese mother and daughter to buy newborns from women who were too poor to bring up the babies, or young girls who did not want the babies after giving birth to them, according to the report.

The babies would then be sold in China for VND45 million (US$2,100), it added.

Two days later police arrested three other Vietnamese involved Hoang Dinh Khon, 40, Tran Thi Tam, 39, and Ly Thi Khoa, 47 -- according to a report on Dan Tri.

The news website said Khon got to know Lung when he worked in China as a construction worker in 2010.

After being asked to seek a baby boy in Vietnam, Khon asked Tam to help him.

Later they got to know Cai, who was said to know where to buy babies, via Khoa, according to the report, which added that the trio then introduced Cai to the Chinese women.

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