|Police in Nga Sơn District, Thanh Hóa Province, talk to a local resident during a campaign to persuade people not to leave the country to work illegally abroad. — Photo dantri.com.vn|Viet Nam News
THANH HÓA — Police in northern Thanh Hóa Province on Tuesday said they had arrested a local for attempting to take a group of residents to China to work illegally.
On Monday evening, Vũ Đình Biển, 41, living in Sầm Sơn Town, was arrested while travelling in a van with 13 people to Móng Cái Town in northeastern Quảng Ninh Province, from where they would leave for China.
The 13 people, hailing from different localities in Sầm Sơn Town, said they had each given Biển amounts ranging from VNĐ500,000 (US$22.2) to some million đồng to arrange for their illegal passage to China.
At the scene, the police seized VNĐ20 million, 11,000 Chinese yuan and five mobile phones.
They also managed to persuade the 13 people to return home.
Preliminary investigation by the police revealed that for years Biển had induced residents in the province’s coastal areas to go work in China without legal documents.
The case is under further investigation.
Last year, a report by Vietnam Television revealed that thousands of labourers in Thanh Hóa Province had given money to brokers who promised to help them go to China to work.
However, after arriving in the country, they were forced to live illegally, hiding from local authorities to avoid being caught, with no stable jobs and often being exploited. — VNS