Police in the Mekong Delta hub of Can Tho are investigating two delta locals for trafficking girls to China and Malaysia.
Duong Thanh Thuy, a resident of An Giang Province, also in the Mekong Delta, was detained for allegedly trafficking a 14-year-old girl to China and raping her during the journey, a Can Tho police source said Thursday.
Investigators found Thuy had asked Tran Thi Thien, an acquaintance, to scour women to work at a coffee shop in An Giang.
Thien introduced him to Huynh Bich Son, a Can Tho local and the victim's aunt.
Son delivered his victim on October 23, after he promised to pay her VND2 million (US$94) a month.
Instead of taking her to a café in Can Tho, he took her to Ho Chi Minh City where they boarded a vehicle that took them across the Chinese border in Quang Ninh Province.
Duong Thanh Thuy was arrested in Can Tho for trafficking a girl to China. Photo credit: Tuoi Tre
The 47-year-old allegedly raped her three times during the journey.
When they arrived in China, the victim managed to call to her family.
Son then called Thuy and asked him to bring her back, but he demanded VND70 million (US$3,300) and a girl to replace her.
After an extended negotiation, Thuy accepted VND30 million ($1,411).
He brought the girl to HCMC after receiving VND10 million. While he was waiting for the rest of the money, he was arrested by a team of Can Tho police officers and investigators from the Ministry of Public Security acting on tip-off from Son.
Thuy reportedly told police a woman in China had offered him VND50 million ($2,450) for each girl he supplied.
Also on Thursday, Can Tho police arrested Nguyen Thi Ly, a 28-year-old local, for trafficking a girl to Malaysia and forcing her into sex work.
Investigators found Ly had promised the girl a high-paying job at a hotel or restaurant in addition to meals and a place to stay.
Nguyen Thi Ly, 28, was arrested by Can Tho police for trafficking a girl to Malaysian brothel. Photo credit: Tuoi Tre
Ly reportedly forced her to have sex with customers until she decided that the girl has paid off her debt and returned her to Vietnam.
Once home, the victim (identified only as N.T.) reported Ly to the police.
Malaysia has become a new trafficking destination for Vietnamese women.
The primary destination for such victims is China--more than 3,000 trafficking attempts were foiled along the border between 2003 and 2013.
In 2012 alone, authorities rescued around 1,200 would-be victims.
Many were bound for brothels or Chinese bride brokers who were willing to pay for them.
In 2013 Chinese news agency Xinhua quoted Sun Xiaoying, a researcher at the Research Institute of Southeast Asia at the Guangxi Academy of Social Sciences, as saying that China’s gender imbalance had sparked a surge in demand for Vietnamese wives.
China reported having 697.2 million males and 663.4 million females in 2013, according to statistics published by the National Bureau of Statistic last January.