Hanoi police bust major prostitution ring

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An 18-year-old girl has confessed to selling her virginity for US$4,000 before becoming a permanent sex worker in Hanoi.

She and two other women were detained by Hai Ba Trung District Police Division together with Nguyen Hong Van, 20, accused of procuring prostitution, police said Friday (December 30).

Prostitution is illegal in Vietnam.

Police caught the sex workers red-handed serving their customers at a hotel in the district’s Thanh Nhan Ward.

An investigator said Van used to be a sex worker who sought customers at several Hanoi bars and karaoke lounges.

“After finding that procuring prostitution makes easy money, she quit the job to procure sex workers for customers,” the investigator told VnExpress, adding that most sex workers in her ring come from different cities and provinces and most of them are young, born during the 1990s.

In another case, Bac Lieu Province People’s Court on Friday issued guilty verdicts to 30 people in what was allegedly the biggest prostitution ring in the Mekong Delta.

Ly Thi Ai Phi, 28, was sentenced to seven years in prison for organizing prostitution.

Meanwhile, lenient sentences were issued against 29 others, including hotel owners and reception and xe om (motorbike taxi) drivers for the contributing to the organization and/or procuring prostitution.

According to the indictment, Phi migrated from Ca Mau to Bac Lieu in 2010. She and Lam Thanh Tin, her husband without marriage registration, began to lure women into their ring.

They also enticed hotel owners and receptionists, as well as xe om drivers, to either procure or supply the location for the prostitution to take place.

In an effort to recruit sex workers, police said Phi awarded VND500,000 to anyone introducing a woman into her ring.

The ring had between 20 and 30 sex workers which brought Phi between VND2 million and VND3 million every day.

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