HCMC court sentences China-France emigration ring members

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The Ho Chi Minh City People's Court Monday tried seven members of an illegal emigration ring operating between China and France via Vietnam and Cambodia.

Ring leader Pham Anh Tuan from the northern province of Quang Ninh that borders China received six years in prison.

According to the court indictment, Tuan had received more than VND157 million (US$9,000) from VND448.5 million ($25,700) earned by the ring during the 10 months prior to it being busted in May 2006.

The 46-year-old had smuggled 59 Chinese children and women to ring members in Vietnam's northernmost provinces.

Of those, Hong Thi Huong received three years jail while Nguyen Van Tien and Nguyen Van Nhat each got two years and 10 months.

Do Manh Phuong and Hong Van Binh both received suspended sentences of three years.

The Chinese nationals who were transferred across the border were brought to HCMC, then to ring member Dong Van Hau who transferred them to Cambodia through the border at nearby Tay Ninh Province.

Hau was sentenced to two years and eight months in prison.

Tien, Nhat and Hau had concluded their prison terms prior to the sentencing and were freed at the court.

In related news, police in Quang Ninh Province on Saturday busted a human sex trafficking ring that sent Vietnamese women and children into illegal prostitution in China.

Hoang Lan Anh, 25, a former prostitute from neighboring Hai Duong Province who had moved to China, headed the ring with a 21- year-old man Dinh Van Linh, from Hanoi.

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