Film director and 4 others face charges for running upscale sex ring

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(L-R): Le Bao Loc and his two accomplices Nguyen Thi Hai Yen and Nguyen Le Dieu Hien, who have been accused of running a luxury sex ring. File photos. (L-R): Le Bao Loc and his two accomplices Nguyen Thi Hai Yen and Nguyen Le Dieu Hien, who have been accused of running a luxury sex ring. File photos.

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Police in Ho Chi Minh City on Monday proposed charges against a film director and four women who allegedly ran a lucrative sex ring targetting an upscale clientele. 
Le Bao Loc, 40, and his four accomplices, who are part-time models and actresses aged 23-26, were arrested in April.
The ring was busted when police caught six sex workers and their clients at a hotel in Binh Chanh District.
The women, who are college students and part-time models, told police that they had to pay the procurers half of what they earned, which was US$1,000 per client.
According to investigators, the sex ring began its illegal operation in 2013 and was soon expanded. It provided sex services at a price range of $500-1,000 to wealthy businessmen. 
Police said Loc had successfully used his reputation as a director to lure young women, mostly newcomers of the entertainment industry, into his luxury sex ring.
Soon after the case was discovered in April, families of some of the women, oblivious to what was going on, reported their "mysterious disappearance" to local media. 
It became clear later that the women had been detained for investigation. 
Sex work is illegal in Vietnam, and brokering sex may lead to a five-year jail term.

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