Police in the southern province of Tay Ninh arrested five suspects in a human trafficking case on Friday and rescued five female victims from being sold to China.
The five suspects are Nguyen Phuoc Thanh, Pham Thi Hong Thuy, Pham Cao Quy, Nguyen Nhut Tan and Nguyen Thi Nhung.
Three of them were caught at Tan Son Nhat Airport in neighboring Ho Chi Minh City a day earlier as they tried to send five women off to China.
Investigations found they had been looking for women since the middle of 2011 to provide as wives in China for VND5-10 million (US$237-475) each. They said they worked upon the orders of a person who has yet to be identified.
The group had successfully sent ten Vietnamese women to China, according to investigators.
Authorities say human trafficking targeting Vietnamese is on the rise, with more than 3,000 attempts busted since 2003.
In 2012 alone, police foiled 437 attempts to traffic women, rescuing around 1,200 would-be victims and arresting 700 people.
Many victims were told about job vacancies, which turned out to be in brothels. They have been traditionally brought to China, but Malaysia is an emerging destination.
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