Thảo is among 50 female patients being treated at the general hospital in Lạng Sơn Province, a hot spot for human trafficking, after they were transferred from Chinese authorities to Việt Nam in February this year. Most of them were trafficked to China and forced to work as prostitutes or to give birth to a baby. Many became victims of domestic violence.
Nguyễn Mạnh Hùng, 40 from Quảng Ninh Province, Nguyễn Mạnh Thắng, 33 from Hà Nam Province and Lê Xuân Lĩnh, 38, from Nghệ An Province have been detained pending further investigation.
Việt Nam is facing huge pressure due to the complicated development of drug-related crimes. Drug gangs and synthetic drug production as well as replanting opium poppy plants are at risk of increasing.