Police in the southern province of Dong Nai have arrested a local woman for allegedly brokering Vietnamese women jobs as sex workers in Singapore and Malaysia.
Nguyen Thi Kim Trang, 45, was caught by police receiving VND4 million (US$192) as a "deposit" from a woman who was about to be sent to Malaysia as a sex worker on Sunday.
Police said they seized some notebooks in which Trang kept track of her brokering activities, clients' names and payments received.
They also seized her passports that proved Trang had gone to Singapore and Malaysia many times.
Police reports said that between August and October Trang found women who wanted to go to Singapore and convinced them to work as sex workers, saying they would earn thousands of dollars per month.
Each paid her VND4 million in advance as a deposit. Those who introduced other women to Trang received VND2 million as "commission."
When the women were successfully sent to Malaysia and Singapore, they had to pay Trang a $817 brokering fee.
Police said some women accused Trang of brokering prostitution services for in Vietnam in order to have money for the deposit before being sent to other countries.
Trang has denied all the accusations against her.
Police are investigating the case.