Five Mekong Delta people to face human trafficking charges

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Police in the Mekong Delta's Can Tho City on Wednesday suggested prosecutors to charge a man and four women with human trafficking for cheating girls into prostitution in Malaysia.

Nguyen Thi Ne, 56, Nguyen Thi Chinh, 58, Nguyen Thi Ngoc Diep, 45, and her husband Van Phu Ro, 47, are all Can Tho residents.

Nguyen Thi Thuy, 26, from neighboring Soc Trang Province was the ring leader, police said.

Thuy went to Malaysia in February 2008 with a tourism visa to work for brothels, according to preliminary investigations. She got acquainted with Ne the same month when applying for a visa at the Taipei consulate in Ho Chi Minh City.

In early March 2008, she asked Ne to help find Vietnamese girls to be taken to Malaysia.

Ne then worked with Ro, Diep and Chinh to provide girls to Thuy for a commission of US$500 a girl. The girls were promised jobs with salaries of VND20-30 million ($1,070-1,605) a month, the local newswire Vnexpress reported.

Four girls from Can Tho were sent to Thuy in April 2008 and forced to have sex with two to five customers a day. They were beaten and starved if they refused. The girls then managed to escape and their families informed the police of the ring in July 2008.

Thuy was caught in November 2009 when she was about to leave Vietnam.

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