Police rescue woman trafficked to China

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Ho Chi Minh City police have rescued a woman who was allegedly trafficked into China, forced to marry an abusive husband and ransomed back to her family in the Mekong Delta. V.T.A. (R), an alleged victim of trafficking, at a police station in Ho Chi Minh City after being rescue by police Preventing human trafficking in Mekong Delta Human trafficking ring busted Police said they stopped three Chinese nationals as they escorted the 34-year-old woman, whose initials are V.T.A, through Tan Son Nhat International Airport on June 14. Peng Zhang Mei, 54, was arrested at the scene; the two other suspects fled. Police arrested Mei after T.A.'s elder sister contacted them claiming that T.A. had been trafficked into China in March. In subsequent interviews with the police, A. said she had been lured to China by a Ho Chi Minh City woman known as Ut. She claimed to have met Ut in February of this year, after moving to HCMC from the Mekong Delta Province of Bac Lieu in search for work. … [Read more...]

Vietnamese police rescue woman trafficked to China 

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Ho Chi Minh City police have rescued a woman who was allegedly trafficked into China, forced to marry an abusive husband and ransomed back to her family in the Mekong Delta. Peng Zhang Mei, 54, was arrested at the scene; the two other suspects fled. Police arrested Mei after A's elder sister contacted them claiming that A been trafficked into China in March. In subsequent interviews with the police A. said she had been lured to China by a Ho Chi Minh City woman known as Ut. She claimed to have met Ut in February of this year, after moving to HCMC from the Mekong Delta Province of Bac Lieu in search of work. Ut promised A. a high-paying job in China and took her to apply for a passport. About one month later, Ut took her to a hotel to meet with several Chinese men, she said. Later that day, A. was flown to Hanoi and driven into China across the border in Lang Son Province. After she arriving in China, the woman said, she was forced to marry Chuong Tuyen Minh, who … [Read more...]

Woman arrested for selling girls to China

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Police of Hanoi and the southern province of Kien Giang have rescued three girls who were sold to China. human trafficker Le My Han Women from Laos, Thailand, and Vietnam fight human trafficking Police rescue woman trafficked to China A 30-year-old woman named Le My Han, from Kien Giang, was arrested for this crime. In mid-June, Hanoi police was informed that a southern woman of around 30 would take four girls to China on a Saigon-Hanoi train on June 18. On the early morning of June 16, police officers ambushed at the Hanoi Railway Station, and seized the woman, named Le My Han, and the four girls for investigation. Initially, Han said that she took the four girls to Hanoi for travel. However, the woman finally confessed that she was taking three girls of 15, 20 and 27 from Kien Giang province to China for sale. The other girl is Han's niece, who joined the group in order to win the trust of the three girls. The woman declared that she has four children. After her husband … [Read more...]

Women from Laos, Thailand, and Vietnam fight human trafficking

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The Women's Union from the central province of Quang Tri is cooperating with its counterparts from Laos' Savannakhet province and Thailand's Mukdahan province to combat human trafficking, especially that of women. Police rescue woman trafficked to China Preventing human trafficking in Mekong Delta Their representatives took part in a seminar held in Quang Tri on June 20 with the title 'Preventing and Fighting Human Trafficking'. Participants delivered speeches about human trafficking across the Vietnam-Laos border and suggested measures to improve the effectiveness of coordination amongst relevant agencies. They also shared their experiences in raising public awareness of the issue and assisting victims to reintegrate into the community. Women's unions from the provinces have recently stepped up efforts to improve their methods of education and train their members in skills to prevent human trafficking. According to statistics released by the Ministry of Public … [Read more...]

Former world table tennis champion exhausts himself giving signatures to Vietnam fans

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Former world table tennis champion Jean-Philippe Gatien, 47, had a ‘beyond expectation’ exchange with fans in Ho Chi Minh City on Monday during his visit to Vietnam. Tuoi Tre (Youth) newspaper that he was touched to see the sentiments Vietnamese fans and players saved for him. His talk with fans at the Ho Ngoc Thuan table tennis club in Ho Chi Minh City’s Binh Thanh District on Monday was scheduled to start at 9:30 am, but over 50 fans flocked to the venue from 8:00 am. The talk was previously planned to last for an hour, but the star of the meeting could only leave for Tan Son Nhat International Airport after 12:00 pm, less than two hours before his flight back to France.. He was welcomed by fans including famous former table tennis players from Vietnam such as Le Van Tiet, Nguyen Vinh Hien, and Tran Van My. Fans asked him a series of questions about his career, life, and secrets to defeat his Chinese rivals. He also staged four friendly matches at the … [Read more...]

HCMC ready for 40th Reunification Day celebration

A view of Truong Son Street on April 27 (Photo: SGGP)

Ho Chi Minh City yesterday inaugurated a construction of fortifying embankments to cope with high-tide triggered flooding and decorating streets to mark the 40th anniversary of the southern region’s liberation and the country’s reunification--April 30. Six embankment constructions have been built at a total capital of VND380 billion (US$17.6 million) in Thu Duc which is one of the worst flooded districts in the city. Previously, the city completed upgrading 12 other embankments sections in District 12 on April 22. Old and weak dykes had been rebuilt and fortified into stable roads, which not only hold flood tides back but also facilitate vehicular traffic in the districts. Nguyen Van Tung from Linh Dong Ward, Thu Duc said that before the embankment was built, the area was badly submerged when high tides or heavy rains occurred. Tran Quang Lam from Thanh Loc Ward, District 12, said that the new embankment constructions had improved their lives. They have no longer … [Read more...]

Social News 23/4

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Chinese sweets turn sour More than 700 kilograms of confectionary products suspected of being smuggled from China were seized today, said the Ha Noi Market Management Bureau. A truck was spotted by police under Long Bien Bridge in Hoan Kiem District waiting to deliver a supply of 18,000 sweets products. Driver Pham Van Hung, from Hai Phong City, allegedly failed to present legal documents proving the origin of the goods. He admitted being hired by a yet unidentified person to transport the Chinese confectionary products from Hai Phong to Ha Noi. The case is under further investigation. Thief gets death penalty for killing 3 people A dog thief was yesterday sentenced to death for killing three people, while he and his accomplices were attempting to steal dogs. En route to the local market to sell three stolen dogs on June 14 last year, Ho Van Hieu, 20, from Hooc Mon District, was spotted by three residents, who had chased him on a motorbike to make him stop. Hieu reportedly … [Read more...]

Seaplane operator seeks to offer aerial tours of Ho Chi Minh City

A Hai Au Aviation seaplane operates in UNESCO-recognized Ha Long Bay, located in the northern province of Quang Ninh. Photo:

Authorities in Ho Chi Minh City have just requested the local transport department to consider a seaplane operator’s proposal to launch aerial tours above the city. The municipal People’s Committee has recently tasked the Department of Transport and other competent agencies with taking into careful consideration a proposition which was put forward by Hai Au Aviation, a private firm, regarding such tours. The company earlier sought permission to launch a new tour that would allow tourists to explore the city from the sky. The expected itinerary of the seaplane tours is Tan Son Nhat International Airport-Thanh Da Peninsula-the downtown area-Phu My Bridge-Can Gio District. The Thanh Da Peninsula is situated in Binh Thanh District, while the Phu My Bridge spans over the Saigon River sections in District 2 and District 7. Luong Hoai Nam, CEO of Hai Au Aviation, told Tuoi Tre (Youth) newspaper that his company will work to implement this project in the next six months … [Read more...]

Jetstar airfares on sale for HCM City-Chu Lai

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An airplane of Jetstar Pacific (Photo: VNA) The low cost carrier Jetstar Pacific is officially offering flights between Ho Chi Minh City and Chu Lai, facilitating travel for residents in the central provinces of Quang Nam and Quang Ngai and its vicinity. On the occasion, fares as low as 250,000 VND (11.6 USD) are on sale from 11 am on April 22 to 24 for flights departing from May 19 to 28 and September 7 to October 22. Flights between Ho Chi Minh City and Chu Lai run three round trips per week on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays, departing from Tan Son Nhat International Airport at 11:20 am. Returning flights will take off from Chu Lai at 13:10. Tickets are available on www.jetstar.com and at registered ticket agents. This is the eighth domestic air route offered by Jetstar Pacific in the first four months of the year, including flights from Ho Chi Minh City to Quy Nhon, Dong Hoi and Tuy Hoa and from Buon Ma Thuot to Thanh Hoa and Hai Phong. The carrier is also offering … [Read more...]

Vietnamese, Malaysian detained for trafficking women into prostitution

Ngu Weng Hie is seen at the office of the Southern Criminal Police Department under the Ministry of Public Security.

Vietnamese police are dealing with a case in which a Malaysian man and a Vietnamese woman were found luring Vietnamese women into forced prostitution in Malaysia, local media reported. The Southern Criminal Police Department, under the Ministry of Public Security, on April 20 said that they have detained Ngu Weng Hie, 54, a Malaysian, and Nguyen Thi Le Hoa, 42, from the southern Vietnamese province of An Giang, for trafficking women into prostitution. Hie was arrested in mid-April when he returned from Malaysia to Vietnam via Tan Son Nhat International Airport in Ho Chi Minh City. Hoa was apprehended around that time in An Giang. The foreign man is likely the instigator of the scam, police said, adding that they have managed to rescue nine women who were the victims of the ring with support from the Vietnamese Embassy in Malaysia. Vietnamese police officers launched an investigation at the end of 2014, when a number of women in An Giang reported that they had managed to … [Read more...]

Malaysian, Vietnamese detained for trafficking women into prostitution

Nguyen Thi Le Hoa is seen at the office of the Southern Criminal Police Department under the Ministry of Public Security. Photo:Southern Criminal Police Department

Vietnamese police are dealing with a case in which a Malaysian man and a Vietnamese woman were found luring Vietnamese women into forced prostitution in Malaysia, local media reported. The Southern Criminal Police Department, under the Ministry of Public Security, on April 20 said that they have detained Ngu Weng Hie, 54, a Malaysian, and Nguyen Thi Le Hoa, 42, from the southern Vietnamese province of An Giang, for trafficking women into prostitution. Hie was arrested in mid-April when he returned from Malaysia to Vietnam via Tan Son Nhat International Airport in Ho Chi Minh City. Hoa was apprehended around that time in An Giang. The foreign man is likely the instigator of the scam, police said, adding that they have managed to rescue nine women who were the victims of the ring with support from the Vietnamese Embassy in Malaysia. Vietnamese police officers launched an investigation at the end of 2014, when a number of women in An Giang reported that they had managed to … [Read more...]

Vietnamese, Malaysian captured for sending women to Malaysia for forced prostitution

Nguyen Thi Le Hoa is seen at the office of the Southern Criminal Police Department under the Ministry of Public Security. Photo:

Vietnamese police are dealing with a case in which a Malaysian man and a Vietnamese woman were found luring Vietnamese women into forced prostitution in Malaysia, local media reported. The Southern Criminal Police Department, under the Ministry of Public Security, on Monday said that they have detained Ngu Weng Hie, 54, a Malaysian, and Nguyen Thi Le Hoa, 42, from the southern Vietnamese province of An Giang, for trafficking women into prostitution. Hie was arrested in mid-April when he returned from Malaysia to Vietnam via Tan Son Nhat International Airport in Ho Chi Minh City. Hoa was apprehended around that time in An Giang. The foreign man is likely the instigator of the scam, police said, adding that they have managed to rescue nine women who were the victims of the ring with support from the Vietnamese Embassy in Malaysia. Vietnamese police officers launched an investigation at the end of 2014, when a number of women in An Giang reported that they had managed to escape … [Read more...]

Civil aviation agency ups security to avoid smuggling

Customs discovered a great amount of money illegally transported at the Tan Son Nhat International Airport. The Vietnam Airlines will implement measures to prevent smuggling and illegal transport of money and goods.

Head of the Civil Aviation Authority of Viet Nam (CAAV) Lai Xuan Thanh asked Vietnam Airlines (VNA) to implement measures to prevent smuggling and illegal transportation of property and goods. He also demanded more airline security to detect weaknesses people could exploit to transport goods. His request came after Vietnamese air crew members were arrested in South Korea for smuggling gold. CAAV held a press conference last week to provide information on the crew members' arrest. According to local newspapers, a pilot and a flight attendant arrived at the international Gimhae Airport in Pusan on March 10 from Viet Nam and were arrested for smuggling six 1kg bars of gold. They tried to pass through customs by hiding the gold bars beneath their shoes. Captain Nguyen Van Dung and flight attendant Nguyen Tuan Phong were arrested, according to a report by Vietnam Airlines. The report also said South Korean authorities hadn't provided any official information to Vietnamese … [Read more...]

Vietnam to lift tail of missing fighter jet as search for pilot continues

>> Search underway for two missing pilots whose warplanes disappeared off central Vietnam

A tail of one of the two Su-22 fighter jets that went missing during training off south-central Vietnam on Thursday has been found at sea and will be lifted Thursday, while search efforts for their two pilots continue. After nearly 30 hours of search, rescuers found the tail about 35 meters undersea in the waters between Binh Thuan and Ninh Thuan provinces at 4:30 pm on Friday, Major General Do Minh Tuan, deputy commander of the Vietnamese Air Defense and Air Force, told Tuoi Tre (Youth) newspaper the same day. The location is about 1.5 nautical miles from where the two jets had been assigned to drop bombs during their training exercise, Major General Tuan said. The tail is scheduled to be lifted on Saturday morning, while the search for the two missing pilots, Lieutenant Colonel Le Van Ngia and Captain Nguyen Anh Tu, is still underway, Tuan said. Many ships from the naval and cost guard forces, two helicopters from Air Regiment 937, and 250 fishing boats of fishermen have … [Read more...]

Search underway for two missing pilots whose warplanes disappeared off central Vietnam

>> Four soldiers die in military chopper crash in Vietnam

Vietnam is conducting a search for two pilots who have gone missing since their Russian-made Sukhoi Su-22 fighter jets lost contact during a training exercise off south-central Vietnam on Thursday, an air force official has said. Air controllers lost contact with the pilots, Lieutenant Colonel Le Van Nghia and Captain Nguyen Anh Tu, both of Air Regiment 937, at around 11:00 am yesterday, Major General Do Minh Tuan, deputy commander of the Vietnamese Air Defense and Air Force, told Tuoi Tre (Youth) newspaper. At that time, they were separately piloting two Russian-built fighter jets over the waters between Ninh Thuan and Binh Thuan Provinces, about 15km north of Binh Thuan’s Phu Quy Island, Major General Tuan said. These two jets, which took off from the Thanh Son military airport that morning, might have collided with each other during their bombing drills, a source told Tuoi Tre. Reuters cited Nguyen Hung Tan, chief administrator at the committee for flood and storm … [Read more...]

Breakfast @ Tuoi Tre News – April 16

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Tuoi Tre News briefs you on some of the leading stories published today, April 16, in Vietnamese media. anniversary in Hanoi. At the event, the Vietnamese president asked the school to focus on training its high quality forces, especially to meet the requirement of hi-tech warfare. Society -- Police in the Central Highlands city of Da Lat on Wednesday arrested a group of racers who organized a race on the runway of the local military airport Cam Ly. Three of six suspects involved in the incident were then captured. -- On Wednesday, the Civil Aviation Authority of Vietnam said they are probing a captain and a flight attendant of national flag carrier Vietnam Airlines being arrested on April 13 by South Korean police for allegedly carrying gold without customs declaration last month. On March 10, Nguyen Van Dung and Nguyen Tan Phong were found hiding 6kg of gold in total in their shoes when their flight landed in Busan after departing from Hanoi. -- Ho Chi Minh City Police on … [Read more...]

Randomly parked taxis compromise traffic safety in Ho Chi Minh City

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Numerous taxicabs from dozens of firms are now randomly parked on roads and sidewalks in Ho Chi Minh City, causing worries about traffic safety among residents. >> HCMC to offer incentives to parking project investors Except a few taxi companies that can afford to rent places for their cabs to park, most of the other firms let their cabbies randomly park their vehicles on roadways and sidewalks, at filling stations, and at other public venues. On Monday afternoon, nearly 10 cabs were seen by Tuoi Tre (Youth) newspaper reporters being parked in a line on the sidewalk of Nguyen Dong Chi Street, Tan Phu Ward in District 7. Some of them were parked with their fronts jutting out from the roadside so that they could depart immediately after the operator called them to pick up certain passengers. Meanwhile, the sidewalk of Dien Bien Phu Street in Ward 15, Binh Thanh District is home to many Vinasun taxicabs. "Our firm has signed a contract with a filling station nearby to … [Read more...]

Female passenger fined for slapping face of Vietnam carrier employee

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A female passenger has been fined for slapping the face of a Vietnamese low-cost carrier when she was about to board a domestic flight at Tan Son Nhat International Airport in Ho Chi Minh City last week. The decision to fine N.T.H., 35, living in Hai Ba Trung District in Hanoi, VND7.5 million (US$345) for the administrative violation was signed by Tran Doan Mau, director of the Southern Airports Authority, on Saturday. H. was carrying two pieces of luggage, after completing boarding procedures at Tan Son Nhat, when she was on the point of boarding flight VJ150 of VietJet Air from Ho Chi Minh City to the capital city on April 7. As a VietJet Air employee, working near departure gate No.16 of the domestic terminal, realized that the total weight of H.’s luggage might have exceeded the 7kg cap, he asked her to weigh it again at a point near the gate. Even though she proceeded to put the luggage on the scale again, H. still did not agree with that requirement of the … [Read more...]

Saigonese face perils of Tan Son Nhat golf course

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HCM City residents have repeatedly lodged complaints about the dangers posed by a golf course within the Tan Son Nhat International Airport. Le Van Sang of Tan Binh District, in a letter to Dai Doan Ket editorial board, wrote that the residents in the Tan Son Nhat Airport area have been concerned about the golf course for many years. "We fear that the herbicide used by the golf course will pollute the underground water and put local people at the risk of catching cancer," he wrote. Dr. Nguyen Bach Phuc, chair of HASCON, a science & technology consultancy society and head of EEI, a private research institute, and Dr. Nguyen Dang Diep, Deputy Director of the Center for Agricultural Biotechnology, after conducting thorough research, have also warned that the golf course will have serious effects on nearby residential quarters. Meanwhile, many local households still cannot access the national clean water supply program and have been using underground water from the wells they … [Read more...]

Eastin Grand Hotel Saigon launched in town

The Saigon Times Daily The Eastin Grand Hotel Saigon is part of the Eastin chain of international hotels and residences covering Asia, India and the Middle East and is a deluxe commercial hotel brand created based on relevance to the market and the needs of targeted customers. The brand created in 2008 in Bangkok features around 60 signature properties in Thailand, Vietnam, Indonesia, India, Oman, Bhutan and Turkey. The Eastin Grand Hotel Saigon is a mere 10-minute drive from Tan Son Nhat International Airport and 15 minutes from the city center. It consists of 268 well-appointed deluxe rooms and suites. The hotel also provides large conference rooms with modern facilities and great dining options including all day dining Café Saigon, Lotus Court Chinese restaurant, Iki Japanese restaurant, Cay Da Café Bakery and Club21. To celebrate the opening, the hotel is offering special launch rates, from just US$90++ per room per night plus free wi-fi and other benefits. … [Read more...]