Lang Thi Mai, 33, is escorted to her cell after a court in Nghe An Province sentences her to six years in prison for trafficking women to China. PHOTO COURTESY OF TUOI TRE
A court in Nghe An Province has sentenced two women to five and six years in prison for tricking other women into travelling to China to get work, but later sold them to Chinese men.
Lang Thi Mai, who got the six years term, and Vi Thi Hieu, both 33, were themselves forced into marriage with Chinese men a few year ago.
The duo were arrested in late September 2013 by Nghe An border guard when they were trafficking two women to China.
Mai told police she had sold another woman named Hien to a Chinese man for 10,000 Yuan (US$1,600) early that month. Investigators said they are working to identify and rescue this woman.
A China Radio National report last year said since 2009, Chinese authorities have helped rescue more than 1,800 Vietnamese women and 41 Vietnamese children who had been trafficked into China.
Vietnam police meanwhile have busted more than 3,000 human-trafficking attempts along its border with China since 2003, rescuing around 1,200 would-be victims in 2012 alone.
A Xinhua report in late 2013 quoted Sun Xiaoying, a researcher with the Research Institute of Southeast Asia at the Guangxi Academy of Social Sciences, as saying that China's gender imbalance led to a surging demand for Vietnamese wives.
Statistics from China's National Bureau of Statistics indicated that in 2012, the national sex ratio at birth in China was 117.7 boys for every 100 girls, while the normal ratio should range from 103 to 105.
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