Prostitution ring run by teenaged girls busted in Vietnam

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Police in Lang Son Province in northern Vietnam have busted a prostitution ring allegedly run by two girls aged 13 and 17 and comprising of sex workers in the same age group.

They tracked down the ring after the family of Ly Thi N., 13, reported she had gone missing after visiting the house of Hoang Hong H., the 13-year-old ringleader, on July 3, Tien Phong newspaper reported Tuesday.

They found N. and H. at a local bus station the next day as they were returning from Hanoi after reportedly servicing clients there.

Hoang Thu Trang, 17, was identified as the other ringleader.

Trang and H., both school dropouts, hired seven junior high school girls, all of them virgins when they began the sex work. Clients paid them VND10-20 million (US$958) of which the prostitutes received a third.

Neighbors said H. had gotten involved with many men after her parents' divorce.

She reportedly sold the idea of running a prostitution ring to Trang and persuaded her to join.


Police plan to file charges of "underage prostitution brokering", but are unsure about how to deal with H. Vietnam has few criminal charges that can be filed against children below 16, and does not have the death penalty for those below 18.

Investigations are continuing.

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