Police rescue two girls from trafficking scam

Update: June, 25/2018 - 18:25
Lữ Văn Thành, 25, the drug trafficker suspect, from Nghệ An Province’s Kỳ Sơn District at police station. — Photo
Viet Nam News

HÀ NỘI — Hà Nội Police announced on Sunday they had rescued two girls who were allegedly being trafficked to China.

19-year-old Moong Thị L (not her real name) and 17-year-old Lò Thị M (not her real name), both from Nghệ An Province’s Kỳ Sơn District, realised they had been duped in the nick of time.

Lữ Văn Thành, 25, also from Kỳ Sơn District, has been arrested on suspicion of people trafficking.

According to an initial investigation, Thành had been working for a wood workshop in China since September last year before his sister, Lữ Thị Đon, who was also was living in China, suggested trafficking girls into the country for a commission of VNĐ30 million (US$1,310) each.

On his return to Việt Nam, Thành discussed the idea with Lương Văn May, also from Kỳ Sơn District, who approached L to offer her a lucrative job growing flowers in Đà Lạt City with a salary of VNĐ6.5 million ($284) per month.

L was in need of a job so she agreed and asked M, a friend, to go with her.

On June 21, Thành took L and M to a bus station, but instead of taking the bus to the Central Highlands, Thành brought them to the northern region.

At 5 am on June 22, Thành took M and L to Nước Ngầm Bus Station in Hà Nội, and it was only after chatting with other passengers that they found out the bus was going to Móng Cái City instead of Đà Lạt.

Realising they had been tricked, L and M tried to escape, but Thành forced them back onto the bus. He was thwarted by the driver and security forces and fled, but was later arrested by police for suspected human trafficking.

Further investigations are underway. — VNS