A court in the southern province of Ba Ria-Vung Tau on Wednesday sentenced three women to five to six years in prison for trafficking a female victim to China last year.
Nguyen Thi Hien, 31, together with her accomplices Nguyen Thi Hai, 42, and Vu Thi Kim Loan, 48, were found guilty of human trafficking.
According to the indictment, Hien married a Chinese man in 2012 and then moved to China, where she met another Vietnamese woman Vo Thi Hong Lien, who is still at large.
In April 2015, Hien asked Lien to find her Vietnamese women to sell them to Chinese men who were looking for wives. She offered to pay Lien VND30 million (US$1,300) for every woman she successfully trafficked to China.
Her two accomplices in Vietnam managed to find Hien a 32-year-old woman in Ba Ria-Vung Tau.
At the end of April, Hien returned to Vietnam to meet the woman. She offered to pay her VND5 million ($221) in advance, promising another VND30 million after she married a Chinese man.
On May 7, they left Vietnam for China by road.
But the woman later changed her mind after meeting the man and asked to be brought home. Hien demanded VND35 million from the victim to set her free.
Since she could not pay the money, the victim pretended to agree to the marriage deal and was allowed to return to Vietnam to pick up her child, prosecutors said.
On May 14, Hien and the victim arrived at Ho Chi Minh City's Tan Son Nhat International Airport. Hien was arrested by police, who had been notified by the victims' family.