Police forces from across northern Vietnam on Friday rescued a 17-year-old boy and arrested his 11 kidnappers who aimed to recover a US$48,000 debt from his businessman father.
Kidnappers took the boy from his home in Thai Nguyen Province and kept him at a guest house in nearby Bac Ninh Province, where they were arrested.
Some members of the gang were arrested at a Hanoi guest house.
Police said eight members of the gang were guarding the boy, while three were in Hanoi, including leader Nguyen Van Phuoc, 31, allegedly a notorious debt collector in the capital.
An electric gun, two knives, four tear gas bottles and two clubs were seized from the gang.
They had abducted Ngo The Tam on Tuesday morning when the boy was walking to school, police said.
The kidnappers then threatened to sell the boy into slavery in China if his adoptive father Ngo The Cuong didn't complete some business payments worth more than VND1 billion (US$48,000).
Investigations said Cuong was the deputy director of marketing for a company that owed the money to Dinh Quoc Tinh, 32, who was also arrested with the gang in Hanoi.
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