Vietnamese police have arrested a 30-year-old woman who is accused of operating a "sex tourism" business that served clients in Hanoi and many northern provinces.
Nguyen Thi Thanh Hoi was arrested at a hotel in Hanoi on December 15.
Nguyen Thi Thanh Hoi of Nghe An Province, northern Vietnam, allegedly recruited and managed many young women, including students, in her ring, the police said.
The investigators from the Ministry of Public Security said they were tipped off that Hoi would take two sex workers from Nghe An and another from Lao Cai Province to Hanoi to serve three clients in a two-day tour.
On December 15, Hoi and the three sex workers hired four rooms at a hotel in Hanoi’s Cau Giay District to wait for their clients.
They were arrested at about 1 p.m. on the same day.
Hoi said that she charged each client VND12 million (US$540) for this "tour", besides a total “brokering fee” of VND6 million.
Each sex worker would receive VND9 million.
Among the sex workers was a college student in Nghe An, police said.
Nguyen Thi Thanh Huong (L) and Nguyen Dieu Hien are accused of promoting prostitution. Photo provided by the police
The police alleged that Hoi would usually charge each client at least VND5 million for the service and request them to transfer half of the amount to her bank account in advance.
In related news, police in Ho Chi Minh City arrested two women accused of promoting prostitution in the city on Thursday.
The suspects are Nguyen Dieu Hien, 26, and Nguyen Thi Thanh Huong, 39.
Hien and Huong allegedly operated two separate online prostitution rings which charged client US$100 each.