A court in Hanoi on Tuesday sentenced four young men to seven and eight years in jail for selling a girlfriend of one of them to brothels in China.
Tran Dinh Luat, ex-boyfriend of the victim, and his accomplices were arrested after a Vietnamese employer agreed to let her come back to Vietnam in late January, local media reported.
According to the indictment, Luat, 25, started a romantic relationship with the victim a month after he met his accomplices, all in their early 20s, and started their trafficking scheme.
They were looking for teenage girls to deliver to China and after days not finding anyone, Luat decided to offer his girlfriend, then 16.
He asked her out in April, 2012, and tricked her to cross the China border to sell to a brothel owner.
It’s not clear how much the transaction cost but Luat himself received VND2.8 million (US$130).
One defendant, Tran Dinh Luat, was the boyfriend of the victim. Photo credit: Voice of Vietnam
Luat and two other accomplices each received eight years in jail while the other seven years.
Attending the trial, the victim said she was transferred through three different brothels and was beaten as she first refused to offer sex to customers.
The third brothel is owned by a Vietnamese who kept the promise to let her go after working for some time.
“I did not remember how many guests I had to serve each day… I was not paid,” she said.