Police in the central province of Nghe An have rescued a 14-year-old girl who was tricked into a brothel and just about to be forced to serve a client.
They started looking for her on May 18 after her mother reported that she had gone missing for three days, An Ninh Thu Do reported.
During the investigation, police found a man who traveled with her on a bus trip to a different district. She also borrowed his cell phone to call her friend to pick her up.
Police tracked that friend down to a coffee shop at a beach town owned by Cao Thi Ha.
The officers went into a shop undercover and Ha offered sex services at the price of VND200,000 (US$9) a time.
She pointed to the teen girl that they were looking for and said her price was VND20 million ($900) because she was a virgin.
The officers then arrested Ha.
The teen girl said her friend introduced her into the coffee shop to work as a cleaner during the summer. She said she did not know that it was a sex ring.
Procuring sex with children between 13 and 16 years old is punishable by up to 15 years in jail under Vietnam’s Penal Code.