A Can Tho court has handed down jail terms of 10-12 years to three women for trafficking a 15-year-old Vietnamese girl for sex in Malaysia last year.
Pham Thi Hanh got 11 years, Nguyen Thi Thuy Trang, 12 years and Trang’s mother, Vo Thi Beo, 10 years, all for child trafficking, according to the ruling by Can Tho People’s Court on Thursday.
According to the indictment, Trang, 30, moved to Malaysia in 2005 and worked as a manager of a local bar.
She met Hanh, 40, at the bar in 2014 and they planned to bring Vietnamese girls to Malaysia to work as sex workers.
In 2015, Hanh returned to Vietnam and offered a 15-year-old girl from Can Tho, identified only as N, a job as a waitress for a coffee shop in Malaysia. N said she was promised a monthly salary of VND5 million ($210).
Trang then asked her mother Beo, 62 to take N to Malaysia by bus through Cambodia and Thailand.
In Malaysia, N refused to work as a sex worker and Trang demanded that N's family pay VND20 million to bring her home.
N’s family agreed to pay Trang but also reported to the police.
Trang was arrested on July 14, 2015 in Ho Chi Minh City when she was taking N home.
Investigators also found evidence indicating that Trang and Hanh had sent five other Can Tho women to Malaysia to work as sex workers, including Hanh’s daughter.
The court decided to treat the evidence as a separate case.