Vietnam upholds sentence against woman trafficking 23 to China, South Korea

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 Nguyen Thi Suong, 58, at an appeal court hearing in Ho Chi Minh City on March 22, 2016. She was sentenced to six years in prison in September last year for trafficking 23 women to China and South Korea. Photo credit: VnExpress
The supreme court's branch in Ho Chi Minh City has denied the appeal of a woman who was sentenced to six years in prison for trafficking 23 Vietnamese women to China and South Korea, news website VnExpress reported on Tuesday.
Nguyen Thi Suong, 58, and six others, including two Chinese nationals, were found guilty of "human trafficking" by the People's Court in the southern province of Tay Ninh in September last year. Suong's accomplices were sentenced to between three and eight years.
According to the hearing, in August 2013, Suong started procuring women in Tay Ninh and other Mekong Delta provinces for Chinese and Korean men who were looking for wives.
The brokers were Nguyen Ngoc Hien, 36, and Du Quoc Thang, 47, who would pay Suong VND8-10 million (US$354-442) for each woman. Hien and Thang also received women from Lu Van Sen, 66.
In 2014, Suong expanded her network and started sending women to Nguyen Thi Tac, 41, and a Chinese man named Xia Rong Lei, 37, in Ho Chi Minh City as well, the news website reported.
Another convicted man, Wu Hua Peng, 34, was in charge of sending Chinese men to Vietnam to meet the women.
Suong and her accomplices were busted in October 2014 when police caught Xia and Wu checking in a flight from Ho Chi Minh City to Hanoi at Tan Son Nhat Airport for three Chinese men and three Vietnamese women. They planned to travel to China by road, after arriving in Hanoi.
Police had previously received complaints from some of the victims who managed to return to Vietnam. They said they were abused during their overseas stays, instead of having jobs and wealthy life after marriage as promised.
By the time they were busted, the traffickers had sent 23 women to China and South Korea, and earned VND100-250 million ($4,400-11,000) for each woman, VnExpress reported.

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