Source: Tuổi Trẻ news
In a hearing opened on Monday, the local People’s Court sentenced Truong Bac Siu, 47, of Dong Nai Province, to 12 years in prison, while Pham Thi My Le, 43, of Tay Ninh’s Go Dau District, and Ho Ngoc Xuan, 38, also of Go Dau, were given sentences of 10 and 7 years, respectively.
The fourth defendant, Le Ngoc Lan, Xuan’s husband, was given a suspended 3-year sentence since the couple has an infant child with cerebral palsy.
All four were charged with “human trafficking” and they must submit all the money they had earned from their crime, the court said.
According to the indictment from the local prosecutor’s office, Tay Ninh police caught Siu and Le carrying out procedures at HCMC’s Tan Son Nhat Airport for three young women to leave Vietnam for China on October 20, 2012.
After being arrested, Sui and Le told police that they had successfully lured 11 other Vietnamese women and sent them to China and Malaysia illegally.
After arriving in China or Malaysia, these women were received by two Vietnamese people, named Lam and Lien, who would arrange to sell them as possible wives to local men, the traffickers said.
A similar case was also tried by the same court in July 2012, when a four-person ring was tried for luring and selling 16 Vietnamese women to China as future wives for Chinese men.
Tran Thi Lan, the ring's leader, got 14 years imprisonment, while the others were sentenced to 10 years, 7 years, and 2 years and six months in prison.
The ring members had lied to these young women that they were able to provide good jobs to any woman who agreed to go to China under their arrangement. But, in fact, they sold their victims to Chinese men.
The court ordered the four defendants to pay total damage of VND100 million (US$4,800) to their victims.
A month later, in August 2012, the provincial police cracked down on another ring, also comprising of four members, who had sold 21 Vietnamese women as wives to Chinese men.
The ring was led by a couple, Nguyen Tan Nho and his wife, Tran Le Thuy, both 48, who were arrested after police caught the couple carrying out procedures for two girls to fly from Ho Chi Minh City to Hanoi.