Vietnamese woman jumps out of car in China to escape human traffickers

By Lucy Nguyen, Thanh Nien News

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Hoang Thi Hieu, 28, has escaped from human traffickers in China. Photo: Vo Tra Giang/Thanh Nien Hoang Thi Hieu, 28, has escaped from human traffickers in China. Photo: Vo Tra Giang/Thanh Nien

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A Vietnamese woman has escaped from human traffickers after she jumped out of their car in southern China and begged a traffic police officer to help her.
The Vietnamese consulate in China confirmed on Monday that Hoang Thi Hieu is safe and will be able to return home soon.
Hieu, 28, jumped out of the car in Guilin in southern China last Friday and ran over to a police officer who was directing traffic.
She grabbed his shirt and asked him for help, in Vietnamese.
A Chinese man stepped out of the car and tried to pull her back, claiming that she was his wife and that she was mentally ill.
Suspecting something was wrong, the policeman asked a Vietnamese worker nearby to help interpret.
Once seeing the Vietnamese woman, Hieu burst into tears. "Please save my life. I was sold. I'm not mental. I'm begging you," she told the Vietnamese woman, as cited by Zing News.
Police managed to arrest two of the alleged traffickers. The other suspects fled.
Hieu told the police that her boyfriend sold her to the traffickers.
Hoang Thi Hieu at a police station in Guilin, China. Photo: Vo Tra Giang 
She said she is from Lao Cai Province neighboring China. Her husband died three years ago and their child is now five years old.
Officials in Lao Cai said her family thought she was working away from home.
Human trafficking has been on the rise in Vietnam, with more than 1,000 women and children trafficked abroad between January 2014 and June 2015, mostly to Cambodia and China, according to border guards’ reports.

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