Vietnamese women ill-treated in China to be sent home

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Trinh Thi Hoa (L), To Thi Ha (in wheelchair) and Mai Thi Su (R) are being treated at Fuzhou Mental Hospital in China's Fujian Province / PHOTO COURTESY OF TUOI TRE NEWSPAPER

Chinese authorities have completed procedures to bring three Vietnamese women, who were ill-treated by Chinese husbands, back home, Tuoi Tre (Youth) newspaper reported.

Hoang Ngoc Vinh of the Vietnamese Embassy in Beijing, China, told Tuoi Tre Wednesday that Mai Thi Su, 48, Trinh Thi Hoa, 28, and To Thi Ha, 24, would be back in Vietnam before the official Tet (Lunar New Year) holiday, which will start on January 31.

The trio is being treated at Fuzhou Mental Hospital in China's Fujian Province.

Fujian police said in a note sent to the Embassy that they had bought train tickets and would directly bring the women to the Vietnam-China border, where the women would be received by Vietnamese authorities.

The exact date for the repatriation will be announced soon, they said.

A doctor from Fuzhou Mental Hospital told Tuoi Tre the women are in stable condition.

Last December, a Chinese newspaper published a news report about three Vietnamese women who were found wandering the streets in Fujian at different times between 2011 and 2013 with signs of madness.

Local police brought the women to the Fuzhou Mental Hospital.

Following the report, Tuoi Tre investigated and established that Ha, hailing from the northern province of Bac Giang, married a deaf Chinese man in early 2011.

Ha, also hailing from Bac Giang, told Tuoi Tre that her husband's family often beat her because she could not do hard work due to her physical defects. They later drove her out to the street empty-handed.

Meanwhile, Hoa told Chinese doctors that she was lured to China for a job and was then sold to a Chinese man in June 2008. 

Su, who has the most serious mental problems, often sits alone, talking and laughing to herself, doctors said.

Su, hailing from Hai Phong City, only remembers that she had been lured to China many years ago and became the wife of many men before being driven out to the streets.

Following Tuoi Tre reports, the Vietnamese Embassy in China asked for assistance from Fujian police to help bring the women back to Vietnam.

Tuoi Tre also successfully contacted the families of the three women in Vietnam.

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