Chinese, Vietnamese nationals arrested for selling Vietnamese brides

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Two Chinese and seven Vietnamese nationals were arrested by Tay Ninh police on Friday and Saturday for trafficking women to China.

The arrested are believed to have been operating two trafficking rings. The Vietnamese men and women in the rings would find local women and sell them to the Chinese, who would resell them to men looking for wives in China.

Lin Liang Hui, a 43-year-old Chinese man and the main organizer of one of the rings, was arrested on Friday morning with a Vietnamese man, Vong Kam Sang, 62, and Pham Thi Nhung, 53, at the Tan Son Nhat International Airport. They were about to take three Vietnamese women to Hanoi and travel to China through the Mong Cai border gate in Quang Ninh Province.

Police also rescued two other women in Tay Ninh.

Investigations showed that the ring was started in February 2011, when Lin went to Vietnam and proposed the plan to Sang and his wife Tu Sy Muoi, offering VND2 million (US$100) for every woman they supplied.

In May 2011, the couple roped four more Vietnamese people into the ring: Nhung, Thong Sy Mui, Nguyen Thi Kim Ngan and Nguyen Van Phung. Ngan and Phung were supposed to find women for VND1 million each.

Meanwhile in China, Lin charged Chinese men VND80-100 million ($4,000-5,000) for a Vietnamese bride.

Sang and Muoi would arrange for the Chinese men to see their brides, who would be brought to China after the men agreed, which happened most of the time.

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The other ring was run by one of women victims herself, Nguyen Thi Kim Men, 35, with her Chinese husband. Men started her operation in March this year, offering Sang and Muoi VND60 million for any woman they found.

The two gangs had together sold 40 women to China, police said.

It's not been clear if the victims knew that they were sold to future husbands or that they were lied about job opportunities in China.

The case is being investigated further.

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