Seven Vietnamese women trafficked to Cambodia for prostitution rescued

By Phuoc Tuan   January 5, 2022 | 05:09 pm PT
Seven Vietnamese women trafficked to Cambodia for prostitution rescued
Nguyen Tien Dung at a police station in Dong Nai Province for alleged human trafficking, January 2022. Photo by VnExpress/Thai Ha
Police have rescued seven Vietnamese women being smuggled to Cambodia to work as prostitutes and arrested three suspected human traffickers.

Dong Nai police have detained Nguyen Tien Dung, 25, Loc Thi Luan, 21, and Ngo Nguyen Dong Khoa, 54, for "human trafficking" and "organizing illegal emigration."

According to investigators, Dung and Luan cooperated to disseminate information about women being recruited to work in Cambodian karaoke bars and casinos with high salaries.

For each employee recruited, Dung paid Luan VND10 million ($440).

Dung and Khoa then escorted the hired women through the southern provinces of Long An, Tay Ninh and Binh Phuoc before smuggling them into Cambodia using unmanned trails.

Once in Cambodia, the women were forced to work as prostitutes in brothels disguised as karaoke and massage parlors.

As the women, whose identities have not been revealed to protect them, refused to work as asked, the traffickers made them call their families and demanded VND100-150 million ($4,400-6,500) from each family to get them home.

Within last December, the group had tricked and sent more than 10 women to Cambodia to work as prostitutes, police said.

After tracking them down for several days, police in Dong Nai Province that borders HCMC arrested Dung and his accomplices as they were trafficking seven women to Cambodia on different routes.

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