Police in the Mekong Delta province of Tay Ninh have arrested nine Vietnamese and eight Chinese in a bust of a human trafficking ring which sent women to China, where local men bought them as wives.
The arrests were made Wednesday when police caught Nguyen Thi Cham, 41, together with her husband, Nguyen Van Hung, 42, Tang Van Tin, 39, and Vien Chi Cuong, 40, completing procedures for three Vietnamese women and three Chinese men to fly from Tan Son Nhat Airport in Ho Chi Minh City to Hanoi.
From Hanoi they planned to go to China, where the women would be sold, said Tay Ninh police, which conducted the raid in collaboration with the Ministry of Public Security's social crimes department.
After questioning the suspects, police arrested five other members of the ring.
Five other Chinese men who were waiting to purchase Vietnamese women were also apprehended.
Initial information from police was that in October last year, Cham and Hung asked Tu Thi Em, 52, to find women to sell to Chinese men.
Em would be paid VND33 million (US$1,568) each time a Chinese man purchased one of the women she provided.
As of the time of the bust, seven Vietnamese women had been sold to China, police said.
Police are investigating further.
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