Woman gets 2 years for trafficking stepdaughter to China

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Lo Thi Ly, 51, stands trial for trafficking her stepdaughter to China on January 12, 2016. Photo credit: Hai Binh Lo Thi Ly, 51, stands trial for trafficking her stepdaughter to China on January 12, 2016. Photo credit: Hai Binh

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A court in Nghe An Province on Tuesday handed down jail terms of between two and three years to three human traffickers, including the stepmother of the victim.
Vang Thi Huong and Sam Thi Hien, who had persuaded Lo Thi Ly to help traffic her husband’s daughter to China, received 30 months and 36 months.
Ly, 51, was given a two-year sentence.
They were also ordered to pay VND8 million (US$350) as compensation for the victim.
Hien, 41, told the court that an acquaintance of hers in China had offered her VND40 million for every woman she could lure into China. The victims would be forced into marriage with Chinese men. 
She and Huong, 35, came to Ly’s house in June, asking Ly to help trick her stepdaughter for VND20 million.
According to the indictment, Ly told the victim to go to work for a restaurant in Nghe An's Quy Hop District.
In July, however, Hien took the victim on a bus to the border province of Quang Ninh, hundreds of kilometers away, before entering a Chinese province where several Chinese men gathered to meet and evaluate the Vietnamese victim.
Ly’s husband noticed the disappearance of his daughter and reported to police, prompting Hien to bring the victim back.
All of the three traffickers were arrested right after that.

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