An appeals court in the southern province of Ca Mau on Thursday handed down a three-year jail term to a Vietnamese-American businessman who was found guilty of having sex with a 15-year-old girl.
Tieu Van Luan, the 57-year-old owner of a large hotel in Ca Mau, was earlier given a three-year suspended sentence in May. Local prosecutors appealed that decision, saying the punishment was "too lenient."
The court also sentenced Lam Thi Chau, 40, who brokered the illegal sex service, to three years in jail on Thursday, instead of a suspended sentence.
Luan and Chau were arrested in June 2015 after the girl's family reported that Chau had kept their daughter against her will.
Investigators said the girl began to work as a waitress at Chau’s restaurant in May 2015.
But Chau forced her to do sex work and collected half of the money.
Luan admitted to paying VND500,000 (US$23) twice to have sex with the teenager at a local hostel.
Sex work is illegal in Vietnam. Having sex with a child between 13 and 16 years old is a serious crime punishable by up to 15 years. Procuring sex with those in that age range may also lead to a 15-year jail term.