Vietnamese women rescued from Chinese traffickers who had forced them into prostitution in Ghana. Photo courtesy of National Turk
Police in Ghana have arrested two Chinese men and rescued six Vietnamese women they had forced into prostitution.
Vietnam's Foreign Ministry told Tuoi Tre newspaper that the women have been put up in a hotel in the Ghanaian Accra, and will testify in the trial against the Chinese men before returning home.
The arrest earlier this month followed an investigation by famous local journalist Anas Aremeyaw Anas of The New Crusading Guide newspaper after being tipped off by Interpol.
Anas claimed to be a client seeking the services of two of the women, and had them brought to a hotel where undercover officers were waiting.
There, despite the language barrier, he and the officers, pretending to make conversation before having sex, managed to obtain information from the women about how they came to Ghana.
The women said they were unhappy but had no other option since they were far from home, had no money, and had their papers taken away.
The traffickers, Hwan Se Hui, 49, and Li Tian Ping, 29, were then arrested.
The local media said the women have been in Ghana for over a year.
They had been promised high-paying jobs in a factory in the US, but were forced into prostitution in the west African country with fake names – Hung, 32, Bian, 29, Anh, 35, Hoa, 31, Thi, 38, and Mai, 38.
GhanaWeb newspaper quoted Anas as saying clients paid the women US$100 an hour and part of the money went to the traffickers.
Patience Quaye, head of the Ghana police's anti-human trafficking unit, told the newspaper that the operation was tracked last November and the Vietnamese, UK and US Embassies also assisted in the investigation.
Quaye said the suspects would be jailed and the victims would receive counseling at the Gender Ministry.
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