Vietnam court upholds sentences for mother, daughter in human trafficking case

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Truong Thanh Thuy at a court in Ho Chi Minh City on March 14, 2016. Photo credit: Zing Truong Thanh Thuy at a court in Ho Chi Minh City on March 14, 2016. Photo credit: Zing
Their victims were forced to work as sex slaves for several Chinese men

 

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An appeal court in Ho Chi Minh City on Monday upheld jail sentences handed down last year to a mother and daughter for trafficking four women to China. 
The court said Truong Thanh Thuy, 31, and her mother Trinh Thi Tuyet Trinh will keep serving their terms of seven years and three years respectively. 
According to the indictment, Thuy, who was once married to a Chinese man, asked her mother to look for young women in the southern province of Kien Giang and lured them to China with false promises of high-paid jobs.
Since 2014, Thuy and her mother had reportedly trafficked four women into China, selling them as sex slaves at between 12,000 yuan (US$1,800) and 34,000 yuan ($5,200).
The victims, who have been rescued, claimed that they were detained, tortured and raped multiple times. 
“She offered me a job as a dish washer, but when we arrived there, she sold me to a 55-year-old man,” one of the victims told the police.
“He kept me inside his house, beating me whenever I attempted to call my mother on the phone.
"He raped me and tortured me for refusing to have sex with him,” she said. 
In September last year, Thuy and her mother were found guilty by a court in their province. They then tried to appeal the sentences to a higher court.

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