Vietnamese Women Rescued from Russian Sex Slavery

Two Vietnamese women without identification papers have been rescued from a Moscow brothel, where they had allegedly been forced into sex slavery, Vietnam News Agency reported Saturday.

The women told police that the brothel’s organizers initially offered them jobs at a textile factory in Russia, the Vietnamese newspaper quoted the Voice of Russia as reporting.

But when they arrived in Moscow, all their documents were confiscated and they were forced into prostitution.

The brothel was based in the building of a former hotel located in the northeast section of Russia’s capital city, according to the news report.

An announcement from the Russian Ministry of the Interior said all the suspects, whose identities were not revealed, have been taken into police custody.


Police in the northern province of Nam Dinh have arrested six members of a ring that trafficked 20 young women, two of them under 16, into China for prostitution.

The human trafficking ring was led by Ngo Thi Hung Trang, a 22-year-old woman who herself was trafficked to China in 2008, the Vietnam News Agency reported.

After Trang successfully rescued herself from her plight, she returned to Vietnam and connected with other people in some northern provinces to smuggle young women into China, the report cited the police as saying.

Between 2010 and 2011, Trang and five ring members sent 20 women, two of them under 16, to Chinese brothels.

The traffickers confessed to police that they had tricked the women, hailing from Hanoi, Da Nang City, Nam Dinh, Vinh Phuc, Thai Binh and Ninh Binh provinces, by telling them they were to sell clothes and mobile phones in China.

Once they reached China, the women were forced into prostitution.

They sold the woman to a pair of Chinese brothers, as yet unidentified, for VND10 million (US$481) each, the traffickers said.

Police said they have successfully rescued 19 of the 20 women and working to rescue the remaining one.


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