High-Priced Prostitution Ring Broken Up In Vietnam

Ho Chi Minh City police raided the Quang Hotel in District 1 Tuesday, cracking a major prostitution ring that provided women for affluent clients and arrested its leader, who also worked as a prostitute.

Chu Hoang Thao Tram, 29, who was caught red-handed "entertaining" a customer in the raid, had allegedly supplied girls to wealthy businessmen at USD $100 per customer.

Besides, Tram also procured prostitutes for clients on business trips or travel tours in other provinces at up to USD $500 a person.

Tram admitted in her statement to police that she regularly scoured bars and discotheques in districts 1 and 3 as well as northern Vietnamese provinces for beautiful girls to entice them to work for her ring.

Of sex workers hired by Tram, there were even university students and, wryly enough, men who had undergone gender-conversion surgeries.

Further investigations would be continuing, the police said.

Elsewhere, the police also smashed Tuesday another prostitution ring in Rach Gia town in southern Kien Giang province.

The ring, organized by 27-year-old Thai Thanh Long, had clandestinely carried on prostitution activities since January 2006.

Eight people involved, including pimps and procurers, were under police custody pending further investigations.

Prostitution is illegal in Vietnam.

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