Vietnamese anti-trafficking authorities and the Border Guard Command said at a conference Tuesday that since 2009 they have rescued 398 people who were being trafficked across the China border.
They reported that human traffickers now target children and women, and operate mostly in the northern provinces bordering China, including Ha Giang where the conference was held.
They make use of victims' poverty and ignorance and lure them with promises of well-paid jobs or rich husbands in China.
Some are taken shopping in Vietnam, and into China before they become aware of it.
Since 2009 the authorities caught the perpetrators red-handed at the border in 72 cases. A total of 345 people have been arrested.
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