Police in Ho Chi Minh City on Sunday arrested four people on suspicion of illegally brokering marriages between South Korean men and Vietnamese women.
The people were nabbed when police raided the Tan Thanh Cong Hotel in District 5 and found a South Korean man meeting with two young women from the Mekong Delta to choose a wife, police said.
Chau Thanh Thiet, 52, was accused of arranging the meeting and Huynh Thi Loc, 50, for selecting women for the purpose.
Tran The Trung, a 31-year-old interpreter, and 28-year-old Truong Thi Le Hang, who was in charge of arranging the marriage documents, were also taken into custody.
The police also asked four South Korean men, including broker Lee Woo Sik, 48, to acknowledge their violations in writing.
Police said Lee came to Vietnam with his Vietnamese wife to broker the marriages.
Under their agreement, if a South Korean man chose a wife, Loc would be paid VND3 million (US$153.89); Thiet would get VND1.5 million ($76.93), and Trung, $100. Hang and the South Korean broker would bet $3,000 each.
The case is being investigated further, police said.