Trafficked Vietnam teen returns home after report on Chinese TV

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Thao Thi Pa Na and her father Thao A Hu cry upon seeing each other after more than two years she was trafficked to China

A 16-year-old Vietnamese girl trafficked to China two years ago was returned by Chinese authorities Wednesday night.

Thao Thi Pa Na, 16, and her 44-year-old father Thao A Hu exchanged few words when they met at the border, though their eyes were red and full of tears as they embraced.

"She's changed a lot," Hu said with a smile as looking at his daughter in a proper outfit and wearing a small backpack.

After more than two years in China, the girl could not speak much Vietnamese, inserting Chinese words regularly.

Her mother and two siblings had been trafficked to China before, and a woman managed to bring her there as well by promising that she would be with the other three.

She had escaped soon after, and with police help, was placed in a nursing home for the elderly in Henan Province.

Na said she was put to do small work at the old folks' home like sweeping the floor and washing dishes, and was sent to a Chinese school.

Her chance to return to Vietnam came when a Henan television station broadcast a story about her and her wish to return to Vietnam. She managed to write down her father's name.

The news caught the attention of a Vietnamese businessman in Zhejiang and he contacted the station for Na's information and then reached out to Vietnamese news website VnExpress. Vietnam's embassy in Beijing then proceeded to take steps to take her home.


Social officials in Bat Xat District of Lao Cai Province said Pa will receive a health check, vocational training and will be placed in a house with other trafficking victims.

They said Hu comes from a very poor family.

No information is available yet about Pa's mother and siblings, or her escape.

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