Vietnam police bust another prostitution ring of models, beauty queens

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Police in Ho Chi Minh City Friday busted another expensive prostitution ring employing models and beauty queens.

The ring was found to charge customers US$2,500 a time, much higher than the top price of $1,500 charged by a similar service operating in Hanoi and HCMC that was busted late last month.

Many girls involved were winners of pageant contests from southern Vietnam in 2009 and 2010, while many others were models, including a 19-year-old only identified as P., who was going to attend the upcoming Mekong Delta pageant contest.

Investigations have identified 40-year-old Tran Quang Mai from Long An Province neighboring HCMC as the main pimp.

One of the beauty queens, Vo Thi My Xuan, 29, had also become a major organizer after providing the service herself several times for more than $2,000 each instance, police said.

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Xuan and Mai would take 60 percent from customers' payment to other beauty queens or models, they added.

The ring also employed college students, whose services were available for VND5 million ($240).

It is being investigated further.

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