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...]

Vietnam selects developer for $16bn Long Thanh International Airport

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Vietnam’s Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung has assigned the operator of all airports in the country to be the developer of a new multibillion-dollar terminal near Ho Chi Minh City, the first step taken after the megaproject was green lighted in June. The Airports Corporation of Vietnam is required to earmark its investment and development fund to prepare the feasibility report for the first phase of Long Thanh International Airport, according to the premier. The feasibility report must be submitted to the Prime Minister for approval before it is passed to the state assessment board, as per current regulations. On June 25, the law-making National Assembly passed a resolution approving the development of the new airport, located in the eponymous district of the southern province of Dong Nai, with a vote of 428-17, plus 16 abstentions. The airport must be able to handle 100 million passengers and five million metric tons of cargo a year by its last phase, according to the … [Read more...]

Nearly 100 sets of US army uniforms found being smuggled into Vietnam

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Customs officers at Tan Son Nhat International Airport in Ho Chi Minh City have seized nearly 100 sets of U.S. army uniforms in a consignment sent from the U.S. to Vietnam. The customs force detected these uniforms in a shipment of an individual who arrived at the airport on a flight from the U.S. on Sunday. Such army uniforms are on the list of goods banned from being imported into Vietnam under Decision 80/2006 dated May 9, 2006 by the Vietnamese Ministry of Defense. Customs officers are coordinating with the Ministry of Public Security to investigate the case. In order to ensure security and order for the upcoming National Day (September 2), airport customs officers have taken many measures to detect and prevent reactionary materials, weapons and military equipment from illegally being brought into Vietnam by air, the Tan Son Nhat customs sub-department said. On July 31, the force seized 94 military handguns and 472 magazines hidden on a flight from Turkey, in what could … [Read more...]

Vietjet offers 400,000 low-cost tickets

Vietjet has announced that it will give away more than 400,000 promotional tickets, starting from US$0, in a special week-long campaign entitled "Enjoy flying – It's time to Vietjet." Foreign passengers use a Vietjet automatic check-in kiosk at Tan Son Nhat International Airport. VNS Photo The promotion programme aims to celebrate the launch of the airline's newest routes from HCM City to Seoul (South Korea) and Yangon (Myanmar), and HCM City and Ha Noi to Pleiku. The tickets can be bought from August 25 to September 1 at noon, for domestic flights between September 1 and December 31, and for flights to Bangkok, Singapore, Taipei and Seoul, besides Yangon, from September 1 to March 31, 2016. The low-cost fares do not include taxes, fees and charges, and some terms and conditions will be applicable. "As the festival season approaches, we hope the promotion programme "Enjoy flying – It's time to Vietjet" will bring travellers thousands of flying opportunities across … [Read more...]

Foreigner sentenced to life for trafficking drugs into Vietnam

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A court in Vietnam has sentenced a 33-year-old Nigerian man to life imprisonment for trafficking nearly 3.5kg of drugs from Nigeria to the Southeast Asian country three years ago, local media reported. The man, Ejiogu Benjamin Ikechukwu received the sentence at his second first-instance hearing opened by the Ho Chi Minh City People’s Court on Monday. He was charged with "illegally transporting drugs" pursuant to Article 194 of the Penal Code, the jury said. At his first first-instance trial, the man was condemned to death on the same charges but he appealed the verdict. The Supreme People’s Court in the city later opened the appeal hearing, during which it canceled the verdict and demanded that the case be re-investigated as there were signs of violations of criminal proceeding procedures. According to the indictment, the man was caught with 3.48kg of white powder in a package when he arrived at Tan Son Nhat International Airport in Ho Chi Minh City on June 23, … [Read more...]

42kg of pangolin scales found in luggage at HCM City airport

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Customs officers at Tan Son Nhat International Airport in Ho Chi Minh City said they have discovered 42.2kg of pangolin scales hidden in the luggage of a passenger. The scales of this endangered wild animal species were found in a package declared to contain personal effects on board a flight from Nigeria. The flight had transited in Turkey before arriving in Vietnam on August 15, customs officers reported. In August 2013, customs officers in the northern Vietnamese city of Haiphong seized 6.2 metric tons of live pangolins stashed in a 40-foot container shipped from Indonesia. As shown in the customs declaration for the shipment, the goods inside were fish, fish bones and fish stomachs, but after an inspection customs officers at the port detected the fraud. All eight varieties of pangolin feature on the International Union for the Conservation of Nature’s Red List of animals threatened with extinction, and two are critically endangered, The Telegraph reported. Trading in … [Read more...]

Smuggled pangolin scales confiscated at airport

More and 42kg of smuggled pangolin scales were seized yesterday by customs officers at Tan Son Nhat International Airport. — Photo laodong.com.vn

HCM CITY (VNS) — Customs officers at Tan Son Nhat International Airport discovered and seized about 42.2kg of smuggled pangolin scales yesterday. The initial investigation showed that the scales, smuggled to Viet Nam from Nigeria via Turkey, were of African pangolins, also known as Manis tricuspis. The alleged smugglers claimed the cargo as personal belongings, the Tan Son Nhat Airport customs sub-department under Ho Chi Minh City's customs department said. Pangolins are on the endangered list of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES). Their scales have high medicinal value. The import of pangolins needs to be authorised by CITES. The confiscated scales are being kept for further investigation. — VNS … [Read more...]

42kg of pangolin scales found in luggage at Ho Chi Minh City airport

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Customs officers at Tan Son Nhat International Airport in Ho Chi Minh City on Sunday said they had discovered 42.2kg of pangolin scales hidden in the luggage of a passenger. The scales of this endangered wild animal species were found in a package declared to contain personal effects on board a flight from Nigeria. The flight had transited in Turkey before arriving in Vietnam on Saturday, customs officers reported. In August 2013, customs officers in the northern Vietnamese city of Hai Phong seized 6.2 metric tons of live pangolins stashed in a 40-foot container shipped from Indonesia. As shown in the customs declaration for the shipment, the goods inside were fish, fish bones and fish stomachs, but after an inspection customs officers at the port detected the fraud. All eight varieties of pangolin feature on the International Union for the Conservation of Nature’s Red List of animals threatened with extinction, and two are critically endangered, The Telegraph … [Read more...]

Ho Chi Minh City camera drone users all breaking rules, on edge

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Users of camera-equipped dronesin Ho Chi Minh City have been on hot bricks in recent days, as signals indicating restricted flying zones have appeared on their controllers’ screens. said last week that individuals and organizations are now required to apply for a flying permit for any unmanned aerial vehicles, and no such devices are allowed to fly without permission from it. Very few have such a permit now as they had had almost no knowledge of such a regulation until last week. The defense ministry has regulated the use of flying cameras in Decree No. 36, issued as early as 2008, but most users remain largely oblivious to the regulation. The Department of Operations under the General Staff of the Vietnam People's Army is in charge of granting permission for the use of drones, according to Decree No. 36. The decree was amended and supplemented in 2011, and the ministry last week issued a new dispatch to remind the public of such regulations, which they are required to … [Read more...]

Breakfast @ Tuoi Tre News – August 17

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Let us begin your new week with a news wrap-up. -- Recent months have seen a boom in consultancy services on investment and migration to such countries as the U.S., Canada and Australia. Brokerage firms have promised things which are too good to be true, including a guarantee that their clients will surely obtain visas to the Promised Land. -- The Tan Son Nhat International Airport Customs in Ho Chi Minh City have detected and seized over 42 kilograms of pangolin scales which was smuggled into Vietnam from Nigeria. -- David R. Nguyen, now a 43-year-old businessman, was taken to the U.S. in Operation Babylift in April 1975 along with some 3,000 other Vietnamese kids when he was three years old. Thanks to a get-together of Babylift members organized at the Tuoi Tre (Youth) newspaper office in 2010, on August 8, 2015 Nguyen had an emotional reunion with his biological mother in Ho Chi Minh City after 40 years of parting. Business -- A leader of private carrier VietJet Air has … [Read more...]

Secure power solutions: Wise investment in digital age

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In recent years, despite the great strides forward in enhancing power supply reliability and preventing abrupt outage, the headline "Power Outage Announcement" still appears in newspapers, due to subjective reasons such as the repairing and maintenance of the electricity network or system or objective reasons such as insufficient rainfall. Power outage obviously causes many disruptions to household chores as well as the operation of small-scale businesses and offices. To enterprises whose work is greatly intertwined with Internet connectivity and data processing, power outage does not only affect their commercial activities but also seriously threatens the viability of their products and services –at the worst case, it can even be life threatening. The unexpected power outage at Ho Chi Minh City-based Tan Son Nhat International Airport’s air traffic control tower in late 2014 has changed the itineraries of many flights and caused considerable delays. Unfortunately, power … [Read more...]

Unique penthouses at Masteri Thao Dien

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Vu Phong Some real estate companies reported high liquidity of realty projects in this area in the first half of 2015. Medium- and high-class projects have always seen active trading in the first sale. Notably, many luxury projects here have strongly attracted homebuyers, with Masteri Thao Dien in the spotlight. Located in the heart of Thao Dien Ward in HCMC’s District 2 and having unique designs, the penthouses at Masteri Thao Dien project have stolen the limelight on the real estate market since the investor introduced these high-end units to customers early this month. The penthouses are not only luxury homes but also a pride of their owners. Sophisticated designs Covering over eight hectares near Hanoi Highway in Thao Dien Ward, the most developed area in the eastern part of HCMC with many foreigners, businesspeople and high-ranking officials residing, Masteri Thao Dien has four blocks of 42 floors and a Vincom Mega Mall occupying 100,000 square meters. The … [Read more...]

Police to expand investigation into gun smuggling case detected at Vietnam airport

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Vietnamese police from the Ministry of Public Security will join force with the customs in expanding the investigation into a gun smuggling case detected at Tan Son Nhat International Airport in Ho Chi Minh City last week The launch of further investigation followed the conclusion of the meeting between Lieutenant General To Lam, Deputy Minister of Public Security, and the leaders of the Vietnam Customs at Tan Son Nhat International Airport on Tuesday. Deputy Minister Lam also praised the customs officers at the airport for outstanding achievements in detecting and seizing the shipments of military weapons and illegal transportation in Vietnam from Turkey. Deputy Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc has also sent a compliment to the customs force for accomplishing their tasks. Customs officers at Tan Son Nhat International Airport in Ho Chi Minh City last Friday discovered a huge amount of weapons, including 94 military handguns and 472 magazines, hidden complicatedly on a flight … [Read more...]

Vietnam cracks down on illegal trade

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(VOV) - Vietnam customs agents, anti-smuggling officials and traders are painting a picture of a booming illegal trade of meat along Vietnam’s border with China— increasing concerns about contamination of the food chain. China is the world's top meat consumer; however, demand has outpaced domestic production over recent years, creating an opportunity for the underground meat industry to cash in as they illegally run huge amounts of beef duty free across the Vietnam-China border. "But the problem isn’t just limited to meat," said Nguyen Ngoc Tuc, deputy head of Vietnam Customs, adding that it extends to a vast array of other items such as petroleum, tires, drugs and bootlegged beverages. Tuc said in 2014 law enforcement uncovered 18,448 instances of people trying to bring unauthorized items into the country, impounding goods valued at roughly US$18.5 million for which 9,670 cases were referred over to the justice department for prosecution. All told the fines … [Read more...]

Delayed, cancelled flights on the rise in July: CAAV

HA NOI (VNS) — The number of delayed flights increased more than expected in July, the Civil Aviation Authority of Viet Nam (CAAV) said. A CAAV report showed that between July 1 and 28, about 21 per cent of flights were delayed – 3,810 out of 17,850 flights. Airlines cancelled 76 flights, or 0.4 per cent of the total. Budget carrier VietJet Air had the highest rate of delayed flights, 23.5 per cent, followed by Vietnam Airlines with 21.2 per cent. Jetstar Pacific Airlines had the lowest rate, 20.7 per cent. Dinh Viet Son, deputy head of CAAV, said that July was peak travel season for domestic passengers. Airports such as Noi Bai, Tan Son Nhat, Da Nang, Cam Ranh and Phu Bai, which are in popular tourist destinations, were overloaded during peak hours and had numerous delays. HCM City's Tan Son Nhat International Airport closed four days for repair work, forcing the airlines to reduce the number of domestic flights from 35 per hour to 30. "I must say that the high rate … [Read more...]

A fifth of flights from Vietnam delayed in July as travel peaks

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Passengers wait for their flights at Tan Son Nhat Airport in Ho Chi Minh City. Photo credit: TBKTSG The number of delayed flights by Vietnamese carriers rose to a fifth all flights in July, as the airlines said they failed to cope with the high summer travel demand. Statistics from the Civil Aviation Administration of Vietnam (CAAV) showed that the rate of flight delays has jumped up 4.3 percentage points from June to 21.2 percent, while flight cancellations remained almost unchanged. It showed that 21.2 percent of Vietnam Airlines flights were delayed, so as 23.5 percent of VietJet Air flights, 20.7 percent of Jetstar Pacific flights and 7 percent of flights by Vietnam Air Services Company (Vasco). CAAV attributed the "bold increase" in flight delays to the surge in travel demand. Carriers had to add flights which led to congestion at airports, it said. It also blamed repair work at a runway of Ho Chi Minh City's Tan Son Nhat International Airport between July 16 and 19 and bad … [Read more...]