Koreans punished for illegal search for Vietnamese brides

The Ho Chi Minh City Police yesterday fined seven Korean men who had paid to see prospective brides arranged to be paraded before them in a house in the city.

 

The criminal investigation department cooperated with city police to raid a house on Cao Lo Street in District 4 yesterday and found 161 Vietnamese girls from poor Mekong Delta provinces who had been lured by two local marriage brokers with promises of marrying rich Korean men.

The parade of the women was organized by Phung Bich Thao, 34, of District One, and and Huynh Xuan Phu, 39, of District 11. For every parade, each Korean was to pay US$100 to Thao, who would pay Phu VND500,000/Korean if they chose a girl, and VND300,000, if they didn’t.

HCMC police detained Thao, Phu and a translator for further investigation. The seven Koreans were fined VND15 million each.

The District 8 Woman’s Union helped the 161 girls go back to their hometown.

The city police say they have been trying to prevent illegal arrangement of marriages between Vietnamese girls and Korean men.

 

By D.Loan – Translated by Thanh Huong.

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