|Lục Triều Vỹ is suspected to work as a pimp in a high-class prostitution ring in HCM City. — VNA/VNS Photo|
HCM CITY — Police in HCM City have smashed a high-class prostitution ring in which clients were paying up to US$30,000 for sex with models and beauty competition contestants.
Three women and a man have been arrested after raids at a hotel in Bến Nghé Ward and an apartment in District 7.
They include 27-year-old man, Lục Triều Vỹ, from Đà Nẵng who is suspected of being a pimp to the women.
The detained women told police they would go to hotels to service wealthy businessmen for between $18,000 and $30,000 a time.
They also told police they were instructed to go to their appointments by Vỹ and that they had taken part in beauty pageants in both Việt Nam and overseas.
Under Vietnamese law, sex workers are issued warnings and fined VNĐ100,000-300,000 ($4.3-13), while pimps and sex ring organisers can face jail terms.
Crime Police Department under the Public Security Ministry is continuing the investigations. — VNS