Girl forced to get tattoos on face, bosom

Police in Vung Tau City are investigating a case in which a girl has accused her employer at a local café of humiliating her by forcing her to have centipedes tattooed on her face and bosom.

20-year-old Nguyen Thuy Ngoc, of Nghe An Province’s Nghi Loc District, told police that 33-year-old Nguyen Thi Anh, aka Tram Anh, who owns the Mo Neo café, shaved her head and forced her to have a centipede tattooed on her face, and two others on her chest, after Anh suspected that Ngoc had had an affair with her husband, Pham The Phong, 35.

Ngoc said she came to Vung Tau in April 2008 to work for Anh at her cell phone and SIM card shop at 3 Le Quang Dinh Street in Thang Nhat Ward. Ngoc initially worked as a shop assistant, but Anh later opened a café and forced her to work at the café.

“On November 26, when I was working in the café, Anh came over to me and beat me. She asked me why I had had an affair with her husband. I rejected her allegation, and Anh threatened to splash acid onto my face,” Ngoc said.

The next day, Anh continued beating the girl, before insulting her and then shaving her head.

The following day, Huong, another attendant at the café, told Ngoc that Anh had ordered that Ngoc choose one of the two punishments: having three centipedes tattooed on her face and bosom, or having acid splashed onto her face.

Nguyen Thuy Ngoc with three tattoos                 on her face and bosomPhoto: Dan TriNguyen Thuy Ngoc with three tattoos on her face and bosomPhoto: Dan Tri
Ngoc wears a wig to hide a tattoo on her face when she tell her story to press reporters (Photo: Xa Luan)Ngoc wears a wig to hide a tattoo on her face when she tell her story to press reporters (Photo: Xa Luan)

Ngoc chose the tattoos, after which Anh ordered Huong to take Ngoc to a tattoo shop in Ward 2 and said Ngoc could go home after the tattooing was complete.

Ngoc returned to Nghe An on November 28 and recounted her treatment to her mother, Nguyen Thi Hoa, who later reported the events to the police both in Nghe An and Vung Tau.

Yesterday, police in Vung Tau summoned Anh and Phong for questioning. The couple told the police that they had hired Ngoc to work for their café, but that the girl had quit the job due to conflicts between her and Anh.

The police also worked with the owner of the tattoo shop to get more information.

The police in the two localities are coordinating with each other in investigating the case.

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