Nguyen Ba Huy knows how to keep his business card short and simple. On it he shows only his first name and mobile number. And what he can provide for his clients: girls.
But professionalizing and promoting sex trade is never a good idea in Vietnam.
Police in Ho Chi Minh City on Monday arrested Huy for running his sex business in the backpackers area in District 1.
He is facing charges for procuring sex, after police caught two of his sex workers at a local hotel, together with their clients.
Vietnam deems prostitution illegal and organizers of sex trade rings can go to jail, but that did not stop the 43-year-old from leaving business cards at bars and restaurants.
Huy's business card. Photo credit: VnExpress
Huy said he only recruited young women around 20, even younger.
He charged customers US$100 each time and the women kept half of it.
One of the two workers caught Sunday night had been fined earlier for the same act.
Sex workers in Vietnam are subject to fines of up to VND5 million ($232) if caught.
“I didn’t know what to do besides this,” she said.
Civil society groups have pressured the government to legalize prostitution so that the industry can be regulated as programs to help sex workers reintegrate into the community have not been really helpful for years.