Vietnam's Facebook rapist gets 13 years

By Nguyen Long - Do Truong, Thanh Nien News

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A Ba Ria Vung Tau court sentenced 24-year-old Pham Vinh Long to 13 years in jail on Wednesday for robbing and raping women he met on Facebook.
On April 12, Long created a Facebook account under the name quangvinhnguyen21.
He described himself as "Vinh" a student of Ba Ria Vung Tau University.
Police say Long then befriended an 18-year-old girl, identified only as H, of Vung Tau and convinced her to meet him at a café.
During their meeting, Long asked H to accompany him to Xuyen Moc District to meet another friend.
While driving to their purported destination, Long turned onto a small, empty road claiming he needed to pee.
H became suspicious and attempted to run back toward a main road.
Long tackled her in a rice field and raped her before stealing her two cell phones and VND700,000 (US$33) in cash.

Nguyen Tan Thanh, 23, was arrested for allegedly robbing victims by posting job descriptions on Facebook. Photo: Do Truong.
At the police station, Long confessed to having created numerous fake Facebook accounts starting in April 2013.
Following his arrest on May 7, 2014, police say Long confessed to having raped and robbed more than ten victims in and around Vung Tau.
Only two of his victims reported the crimes to the police, according to the court.
In related news, Binh Duong police arrested a 23-year-old man suspected of creating two Facebook accounts to attract potential robbery victims in the southeastern province.
Investigators said Nguyen Tan Thanh posted job recruitment ads offering high salaries for an event organizing company in the province’s Di An Town on his pages in early October.
When job seekers expressed interest, he asked for their personal information, including photos and phone numbers, in order to set up interviews.
He later reached out to beautiful young women and arranged to meet them in isolated places where he robbed them, police say.
The latest crime occurred on October 30 when Thanh made an appointment with a 22-year-old woman, identified only as M, on the street before taking her to Tan Binh Residential Area to steal her motorbike and cell phone.
M later notified police who tracked down Thanh while he was setting up an appointment with his next victim.

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