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Vice raid rescues 11 Vietnamese

By Li Qian (Shanghai Daily)

08:57, June 25, 2012

Eleven Vietnamese who were abducted and forced into prostitution in the adjoining Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region in southwest China have been rescued, police in Dongxing City, Guangxi, said yesterday.

Two rescued women and the ringleader surnamed Wei, a native of Vietnam, were transferred back to Vietnam on Friday. Nine women are awaiting return. Police in Mong Cai in northern Vietnam asked their counterpart in Dongxing to assist investigating a cross-border prostitution ring on May 29, after being tipped-off by an abducted woman, China News Service reported.

Vietnamese women, including one surnamed Ruan, a relative of a police official, were kidnapped and sold to Guangxi's capital city, Nanning, in April, police said.

They were held in a beauty parlor and forced to work as prostitutes. Wei supervised their moves and phone calls to prevent them from escaping, Chinese officers said. But Ruan still managed to call her family on May 29 and alert them to her plight.

After receiving a report from Dongxing police, Nanning police raided the parlor on June 12.

Despite crackdowns, there remains a thriving market for foreign prostitutes in China, especially in border areas.

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