Man arrested for raping 13-year-old girl in Central Vietnam

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Nguyen Van An at a police station in Ha Tinh for child rape investigation. Photo: Duc Hung/VnExpress Nguyen Van An at a police station in Ha Tinh for child rape investigation. Photo: Duc Hung/VnExpress

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Police in Ha Tinh Province in central Vietnam have arrested a man for allegedly raping a 13-year-old girl after offering her a lift.
The police said Nguyen Van An, 52, saw the girl walking to school Friday and offered her a lift, but took her to his house and raped her.
She reportedly escaped in the middle of the act.
An was arrested Sunday, and told the police he was drunk that day.
Raping a child under 16 is punishable by seven to 15 years in jail, and death in case of a repeat offense.
Child rapes account for nearly two-thirds of the average of 1,000 sexual assaults reported each year in Vietnam. Usually the perpetrators are familiar to the victims, even family members.

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