HCM CITY (VNS)— The HCM City People's Court yesterday sentenced Vo Thi My Xuan, 30, former Miss South Mekong in 2009, to two years and six months in prison for prostitution mediation.
Tran Quang Mai, 41, from southern Long An Province, ringleader of a high-end sex ring of actresses, models and young beautiful women, and his accomplice, Le Quang Tuan Anh, 28, from Central Highlands Lam Dong Province received five years and three years in prison, respectively.
Nguyen Huu Dat, 44, a driver, was sentenced to one year and 24 days in prison. He was released yesterday as he had been temporarily detained for that length of time.
Luong Quoc Huy, 26, a make-up specialist from central Binh Thuan Province, and Tran Thi Hoa, 27, (also known as Thien Kim when she worked as a model) from northern Hai Duong Province received a suspended sentence of one year and two years, respectively.
Mai, who owned a make-up shop in HCM City's District 1, admitted starting the illegal business as a prostitution mediator in 2010 and successfully mediated for several actresses, models and others to help them work as prostitutes.
According to the indictment, Mai received US$6,500 in commission for working as a mediator seven times, until the ring was uncovered last year.
Hoa received $1,900 in commission two times as a mediator and she also worked as a sex worker with Mai's mediation.
Xuan also acted as a mediator two times for commission and worked as a prostitute.
In June 2012, police checked two hotels in HCM City's District 1, and found four men with four prostitutes, including model Le Thi Thuy Huong, Le Thi Yen Duy, a former beauty queen in southern Ben Tre Province in 2010 and model Nguyen Thi Minh Nhai.
A 53-year-old man from HCM City's Binh Chanh Province paid Mai $2,500 to have sex with Huong who received $600 to work as a prostitute. Mai took $1,400 as commission while Huy and Dat got $300 and $200, respectively.
Xuan introduced Duy and Nhai to two men from Binh Chanh District for prostitution purposes, with a payment of $1,000 each. Xuan hoped to take $1,000 for commission but the business was uncovered.
Hoa admitted that she introduced Xuan and Huong to prostitution for payments of $2,500 for each service. Hoa's commission was $1,000. —VNS