Teenage girls rescued on brink of being sold to China

By Duc Hung   July 7, 2023 | 03:50 pm PT
Teenage girls rescued on brink of being sold to China
Hoai and Ngoc at a police station in Nghe An. Photo by VnExpress/Thuy Linh
Two teenage girls in central Nghe An Province were almost sold to China before police managed to rescue them after a month-long operation.

Nghe An police arrested a woman called Hoai, and another called Ngoc, both 20, on Thursday to investigate them for trafficking people under 16.

On July 1, after spending a month monitoring the suspects’ activities, police found out that Hoai was leading two girls, aged 14 and 15, onto a bus in Nghe An to transport them to localities at the border in the north, to get them to China. So the police approached her and summoned her to the nearest police station.

Hoai said she knew Ngoc when she was a worker in northern Vietnam. During the times when she went back to her hometown in Nghe An, Hoai saw that the two girls’ family situation was not good, so persuaded them to work at restaurants in Bac Giang.

In reality, she would actually bring the girls to Tuyen Quang Province to sell them to Ngoc, who would send the girls to China to be forcibly married.

The police then went to Tuyen Quang to arrest Ngoc and brought her to Nghe An. The two girls have been brought back to their families.

An investigation is ongoing.

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