Two women arrested for smuggling people to China

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Nghe An border guards said they arrested two women attempted to smuggle three local people from the north-central province to China on Saturday.

The alleged traffickers, Vi Thi Hieu, 32 and Luong Thi Mai, 30 are Nghe An natives who themselves had been smuggled to China ten years ago, colonel Tran Minh Cong of the provincial Border Guards said.

They were arrested at around 6:30 on September 28 while taking a bus to Quang Ninh Province with the three victims, two women and a man.

Mai and Hieu, both married to Chinese men who live in Guangdong, had been followed by border guards on suspicions of human trafficking, Cong said.

The duo confessed that they had promised to pay the two women, Luong Thi Than, 21, and Lang Thi Thu, 30, VND35 million (US$1,657) each and get them married to local men in China.

Lo Van Giao, who was expected to work manually, was paid a smaller amount. It is unclear how much the duo pocketed in the scam.

The border guards transferred the case to the Que Phong District Police on Sunday for further investigation.

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