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VietNamNet Bridge – A Vietnamese woman, who was trafficked to Malaysia, escaped and returned home safely, the police in the Mekong delta province of Tien Giang said on Oct. 24.

Phan Thi Diem Thuy, 22, from Tien Giang province, said that she had been sold to a Malaysian man with mental disorders for 25,000 ringgits by Tieu Lien Huu and Phan Thi Hong Yen.

She once tried to escape from her husband, who beat her frequently, but failed.

In a recent attempt, Thuy crossed the border to Thailand, but she was arrested and then helped by the Vietnamese embassy in Thailand to return.

Thuy was one of hundreds of victims of a women trafficking ring run by couple – Tran Thi My Phuong and Tsai I Hsien (Taiwanese), to which Tieu Lien Huu and Phan Thi Hong Yen were members.

In late March, 2006, Huu, Yen and eight other accomplices were arrested and prosecuted. They admitted to selling hundreds of girls to Malaysia and Taiwan.

Senior Lieutenant Colonel Dang Quang Minh of the Tien Giang police said the Ministry of Public Security will send officials to Malaysia to work with Interpol on the trafficking of Vietnamese women abroad.


(Source: VNA)


dpa German Press Agency
Published: Friday October 6, 2006

Hanoi- A 22-year-old Vietnamese woman who was trafficked into China as a child has been arrested on charges she herself sold girls as young as 14 over the border, police and local press said Friday. Le Thi Cuc was taken into custody Wednesday by Chinese police after a joint investigation and handed over to Vietnamese authorities, according to a Hanoi police investigator.

According to Vietnamese press, Cuc was sold into China when she was 11 years old and later teamed up with another woman to come back to Vietnam and procure other girls.

At least two girls, ages 14 and 18, were later sold over the border by Cuc for about 600 dollars each, according to Thanh Nien newspaper.

The newspapers did not say what happened in China to Cuc or the girls she allegedly sold. Vietnamese girls who are trafficked often end up as unwilling wives to Chinese men, or else in brothels or working as domestic servants.

Chinese officials recently reported that human trafficking from Vietnam appears to be on the rise, with 167 cases reported so far this year, 64 per cent more than the previous year.

Vietnam has launched pilot anti-trafficking programmes in 30 rural communes to educate parents in areas where poverty and lack of opportunity make families more likely to allow children to be sent away for job opportunities.

© 2006 dpa German Press Agency

LAST UPDATE: 8/8/2006 7:50:21 PM

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They claim to be matchmakers. But prosecutors say they’re nothing but smugglers. 21 defendants were arrested overnight in what federal authorities are calling the largest marriage smuggling scam they’ve come across.

“Money is at the heart of it,” said U.S. Attorney Brett Tolman. “What isn’t is love and a genuine commitment to marry.”

Authorities say four of the 21 indicted are the masterminds behind the alleged scam. According to federal authorities, the group received $30,000 per marriage proposal.

Prosecutors say they paid $2,000 to so-called recruiters who were U.S. citizens. The recruiters would fly to Vietnam for a pre-arranged marriage and bring the spouse back for citizenship.

“One of the tactics they utilize when be to go to Vietnam and change their clothes all in one day, said Thomas Depenbrock of the U.S. State Department. Several changes of outfits taking pictures at different locations to indicate that its been a long relationship.”

The alleged marriage ring is accused of bringing in close to one-hundred Vietnamese spouses over five years.

Authorities say marrying an American makes it easier and speeds up citizenship.

“It’s a slap in the face for every intended immigrant who patiently wait their turn to enter into the country and be part of the American dream, said Charles DeMore of the Immigration department.

Prosecutors also say the so-called recruiters are still under investigation and could be charged at a later date. Immigration officials plan to review the cases of the Vietnamese who were married and could be deported.

Story by: Marcos Ortiz


Two Vietnamese girls sold by a people trafficking gang to brothels in Malaysia returned home Saturday, the Ministry of Public Security reported.

The two, aged 19, are from the Mekong Delta province of Hau Giang and were lured into traveling to Malaysia to get married but ended up in brothels instead.

They had to serve five to six customers a day and were ill-treated by the pimps.

Before being repatriated the two were in Malaysian police custody for four months following a crackdown on the sex trade and illegal immigration.

Vietnamese police recently sent investigators to Malaysia to collect evidence against an international human trafficking gang busted last month in Ho Chi Minh City.

Source: Sai Gon Giai Phong – Translated



Viet Act, News Report, Staff, Jun 10, 2006

The annual "Trafficking in Persons" (TIP) report examines trafficking problems in 150 countries. The report is focused on raising public awareness of the global trafficking problem and encouraging governments to combat the problem. This year's TIP Report includes more coverage of labor slavery, especially internal labor trafficking, forced labor, and involuntary servitude. Regarding Vietnam, the TIP report states “Women from Vietnam are trafficked to Taiwan through fraudulent marriages for sexual exploitation and labor.” It also states that “the government of Vietnam does not comply with the minimum standards for the elimination of trafficking” and that “Vietnam has not made sufficient efforts to combat trafficking.”

The 2006 TIP Report also recognizes Reverend Hung V. Nguyen, a founding member of VietACT, as a “Hero Acting to End Modern Day Slavery” for his efforts with the Vietnamese Migrant Workers and Brides Office to rescue, shelter, and rehabilitate victims of both labor and sex trafficking. This is good news especially to the newly formed Vietnamese Alliance to Combat Trafficking (VietACT) whose most recent efforts have been focused on working collaboratively with Father Peter Nguyen Van Hung, director of the Taiwan ACT office, to help the plight of thousands of Vietnamese brides as well as migrant workers in Taiwan.

Formed in August 2004 by a group of concerned students and young professionals, VietACT is a grassroots organization dedicated to eradicating human trafficking of Vietnamese victims through collaboration, advocacy, and education, for the purpose of supporting, protecting and empowering victims. The organization has work with numerous volunteer and student organizations including the Union of North American Student Associations, Orange County Human Trafficking Task Force, Cambodia Family, St. Anselm's Cross Cultural Center, Union of Vietnamese Students Association of Southern California, Denver Vietnamese Women Association, Vietnamese Professional Society, Asian American Women Alliance, Loyola University School of Social Work, and Illinois Vietnamese Student Union. VietACT will continue to work collaboratively to bring greater awareness to the issue combating human trafficking and support for the victims.

For more information on VietACT and its efforts or to see the full TIP Report, visit VietACT’s homepage at http://www.vietact.org.