An appeal court has increased the jail sentences for a man and a woman who sold three young Vietnamese women to a prostitution den in Malaysia in 2013.
According to the ruling on Monday, the Supreme People’s Court in Ho Chi Minh City added one year to the original jail terms for Phan Thanh Hoang, 36, and Nguyen Thi Tai Nguyen, 19.
The Court of First Instance last year sentenced Hoang to four years and Nguyen to three years.
According to the verdict, Nguyen migrated to Malaysia to work for a prostitution den in 2011 when she was only 15. She had managed to use a fake ID, showing that she was 18, to applying for a passport.
When she returned to Vietnam in 2013, Hoang asked her to send Vietnamese women to work abroad.
He managed to find three young women in his wife’s hometown in Dong Thap Province, after promising them jobs as waitresses at a restaurant for monthly salaries of VND100 million (US$4,650).
The women were sent to Malaysia on April 10, 2013 and were taken to Nguyen’s place, where they were forced to work as prostitutes.
After one of them managed to call her family, Nguyen demanded VND30 million for their release.
On April 16, 2013, Hoang was arrested when receiving VND60 million from the families of the victims. They were rescued later that month.
Nguyen was arrested in October 2013 when she returned to Vietnam.
The due had to stand trial again after prosecutors appealed last year's verdict, saying the prison terms were too lenient.