Human trafficking ring busted in northern Vietnam

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Police in the northern province of Nam Dinh have arrested six members of a ring that trafficked 20 young women, two of them under 16, into China for prostitution.

The human trafficking ring was led by Ngo Thi Hung Trang, a 22-year-old woman who herself was trafficked to China in 2008, the Vietnam News Agency reported.

After Trang successfully rescued herself from her plight, she returned to Vietnam and connected with other people in some northern provinces to smuggle young women into China, the report cited the police as saying.

Between 2010 and 2011, Trang and five ring members sent 20 women, two of them under 16, to Chinese brothels.

The traffickers confessed to police that they had tricked the women, hailing from Hanoi, Da Nang City, Nam Dinh, Vinh Phuc, Thai Binh and Ninh Binh provinces, by telling them they were to sell clothes and mobile phones in China.

Once they reached China, the women were forced into prostitution.

They sold the woman to a pair of Chinese brothers, as yet unidentified, for VND10 million (US$481) each, the traffickers said.

Police said they have successfully rescued 19 of the 20 women and working to rescue the remaining one.

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