A court in the southeastern province of Tay Ninh on Wednesday sentenced two women to a combined 26 years in jail for trafficking women and underage girls to Malaysia for prostitution.
Dao Thi Truc Phuong, 23, and Nguyen Thanh Thao, 29, of Tan Bien District received jail terms of 18 and 8 years respectively.
According to the indictment, Phuong visited Malaysia last year and got to know a Malaysian woman who persuaded her to "recruit" young women from Vietnam and bring them to Malaysia for prostitution.
The Malaysian woman said she would pay Phuong VND10 million (US$477) for each woman she brought over.
Phuong called home and asked her mother Nguyen Thi Giau and Thao, Phuong's sister-in-law, to find Vietnamese women for her.
Giau selected four young women, including a 15-year-old, and Thao selected a 16-year-old girl.
They told the women they would send them to Malaysia to work as waitresses for VND40-50 million ($1,900-2,400) per month.
The women and girls were sent to Malaysia where they were forced to work as prostitutes at hotels.
On October 18, 2012, Phuong was arrested at Xa Mat Border Gate in Tan Bien District when she was bringing three women back home after hearing her ring had been exposed in Vietnam.
Giau is still at large.