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Friday, July 27, 2007

Viet Nam jails six for trafficking

Six people have been jailed by a court in Viet Nam for trafficking more than 120 women to be sold in Malaysia, according to the BBC. Tran Thi My Phuong, 35, received a 12-year sentence, and the five others received sentences of up to 10 years.

Judge Tran Thi Hong Viet said that 126 women were trafficked between April 2005 and June 2006. They were sold to a broker in Malaysia for between $1500 and $2000, and then resold in bars for as much as $6300 to mostly elderly or disabled men

Overseas marriage is seen by some women in Viet Nam as a route out of poverty, but many women are ultimately sold into prostitution or forced into marriages they do not want.

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