A court in Can Tho City in the Mekong Delta on Monday sentenced a man to life in prison for trafficking a 15-year-old to China and raping her on the way.
Duong Thanh Thuy, 48, from the Mekong Delta province of An Giang, received a life sentence for child trafficking and 20 years in jail for child rape.
According to the indictment, a Vietnamese woman in Guangxi ordered Thuy to find Vietnamese women and girls and bring them to China for a fee of 15,000 yuan (US$2,400 or VND52 million) each.
He could not find any.
So he lied to a neighbor in June last year that he was recruiting waitresses for a café, and the neighbor introduced her niece to him.
Thuy brought the 15-year-old girl from her home in Can Tho to An Giang in October. She did work at a café for a while before he took her up north to Nanjing city of China.
While he was waiting to transfer her to his contact in Guangxi, he rented a room and raped her several times.
The girl secretly called her relatives in Vietnam, asking for help.
Her family called Thuy and asked for her release but the man demanded VND70 million ($3,200) of ransom, before lowering that to VND30 million.
The family prepared the money and reported the case to the police. Thuy was caught while receiving the money at a place in Ho Chi Minh City on November 2, 2014.
Vu Hoang Kien, deputy director of the Crime Department at the Ministry of Public Security, said human trafficking in Vietnam has become complicated.
Police and border guard reports said they busted 200 attempts so far this year which involved 310 traffickers and 508 victims.
Kien said many targets are young girls in rural areas, from poor families and looking for jobs with high, stable income.
He said the traffickers have made use of loopholes in Vietnam’s marriage brokerage regulations and adoption laws to bring people abroad illegally.
They also flirted with the victims via popular Facebook and asked them to travel or go shopping at tax-free shops along the border.
China is the primary destination for human trafficking victims from Vietnam, with more than 3,000 trafficking attempts foiled along the border between 2003 and 2013.
In 2012 alone, authorities rescued around 1,200 would-be victims.