Police in Hanoi arrested two people on Thursday for allegedly trafficking infants across the Chinese border.
Investigators said the two were part of a three-person operation that has been buying and selling babies in Vietnam and neighboring countries since at least 2009, local newswire Vnexpress reported. Police are currently hunting the third suspect.
Investigarots said ring leader Nguyen Van Hai, 41, from the northern province of Bac Giang, had bought infants at VND40 million (US$2,100) each and sold them for VND10-15 million more.
Six infants have been traded by the group, according to police reports. Two of them were sold to China, others to people in the northern provinces of Thai Nguyen, Bac Ninh and Bac Giang, investigators said.
Hai and his sister-in-law Ngo Thi Sang were both arrested Thursday.
Hai was caught while driving from Hanoi to pick up Sang in the Central Highlands province of Gia Lai. She was carrying with her a newly-procured infant, 10 days old.
Hai and Sang had bought the baby in Ho Chi Minh City with the help of Tran Thi Phuong Loan, 31.
Loan was in charge of finding infant suppliers, according to police.
In November last year, police in the southern province of Dong Nai arrested a man and a woman who allegedly bought infants from hospitals in Dong Nai and neighboring HCMC to sell to a man who was buying for VND4-12 million ($224-672) each.
The duo had sold around 20 infants since 2007. The infants were reportedly unwanted babies, many of which had been had out of wedlock.