Police of Tay Ninh have arrested four people, including two foreigners, accused of smuggling at least nine Vietnamese women from the southeastern province to China.
The arrestees include Pham Thi Thu Linh, 25, Luu Vi Tan, 53 and two unidentified foreigners, Tay Ninh newspaper reported without revealing the foreigners’ nationality.
The four people are under investigation of the charge of human trafficking, Tay Ninh police said Wednesday.
The two foreigners were arrested on Sep. 20 when they were preparing to take a young Vietnamese woman to China at the Tan Son Nhat Airport of Ho Chi Minh City.
Subsequent investigation led to the arrests of Linh and Tan on Sep. 24. Police found another young woman and seized five passports, five flight tickets and six ID cards.
Tan and Linh told the police that they met a foreigner identified only as Tu, who is still at large, late last year who promised to pay them VND10 million (US$472) for every woman they could find for him.
Early this year, Tu took several Chinese men to Vietnam and Linh introduced them several Vietnamese women. Tu was paid about VND100 million each trip.
Tan and Linh were also paid VND200,000-VND500,000 each for interpreting.
The duo then helped those women who were chosen get passports and Chinese visas before Tu took them there via Hanoi and Hai Phong.
The suspects confessed to have smuggled nine women to China, one of them later returned to Vietnam after paying the ring VND120 million.
Tay Ninh police have busted numerous cases of human trafficking and rescuing 475 women and children since 2005. Forty-two human trafficking suspects were arrested in the first half of this year and 26 victims freed, police said.