31 Mar '11, 11am

Vietnamese woman jailed for human trafficking #Vietnam #ASEAN #trafficking #crime

HANOI - A JUDGE says a Vietnamese woman has been sentenced to five years in prison for trafficking women to work as prostitutes in Malaysia and Singapore. Presiding Judge Nguyen Thi Mai says the woman, Dinh Thi Thu Hong, was convicted in a one-day trial on Wednesday of selling seven Vietnamese women to work in brothels in 2008 and 2009. Mr Mai says the victims were promised jobs at restaurants but were instead sold to brothels. Hong told the court in Dong Thap province that she was unaware that the women had been sold into prostitution, maintaining that she was merely the broker who sent them to work abroad. Two other women of Vietnamese descent who were allegedly part of the ring in Singapore and Malaysia have not been arrested. -- AP

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