Vietnam jails 2 for running high-priced sex ring

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Tran Duc Thuy Lien (R) and Doan Ngoc Minh at a court in Ha Long Town on March 25, 2016. Photo credit: Duc Hieu/Tuoi Tre Tran Duc Thuy Lien (R) and Doan Ngoc Minh at a court in Ha Long Town on March 25, 2016. Photo credit: Duc Hieu/Tuoi Tre

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A court in the northern province of Quang Ninh Friday sentenced two women to jail for operating an upscale sex ring that charged its clients up to US$7,000 per day. 
Ring leader Tran Duc Thuy Lien, 31, was sentenced to three and a half years while her assistant Doan Ngoc Minh, 26, got two years and three months.
The court also ordered Lien and Minh to surrender a total of VND65 million (US$2,900) that they had allegedly earned from the illegal operation.
The ring was busted last May after two of its sex workers was caught inside a hotel room in Quang Ninh with their two clients. One of the workers was the first runner up of a beauty pageant held in 2014 at her university.
These sex workers had been flown in from Ho Chi Minh City. They reportedly stayed at the hotel for two days for $7,000 per day.
But they said they eventually earned only $1,000 per day because Lien and Minh pocketed the rest.
Civil society groups have pressured the government to legalize prostitution so that the industry can be regulated and sex workers can be protected.
Programs to help sex workers reintegrate into the community have not been really helpful.

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