Vietnam police bust men for advertising prostitutes online

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Two men were arrested in Hanoi on Monday for advertising the services of 500-600 prostitutes on the Internet, Tuoi Tre (Youth) newspaper reported.

Hanoi police said Nguyen Huy Viet, 26, was suspected of administrating a website that has its server overseas and presents nude photos, bios and phone numbers of prostitutes.

Each prostitute had a nickname and password, and customers were required to tell their selected prostitutes the right passwords when contacting them.

The newspaper quoted police as saying that the photos were taken by Viet and that he was hired to provide the service by local pimps.

The prostitution service was charged VND300,000-400,000 per sexual encounter, and Viet collected VND3-4 million a month as photo fees for each prostitute.

Police said Viet also opened accounts for pimps at VND10 million each so the latter could upload photos of their prostitutes to the website and seek customers on their own.

Meanwhile, Nguyen Van Luc, 28, allegedly collaborated with Viet by providing rooms at his hotel for prostitutes to do their job.

Viet is now being investigated on charges of "procuring prostitutes" and "promoting explicit cultural products," while Luc is facing charges of "accommodating prostitution."

No pimps have gotten in trouble for their actions in the case.

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