Saturday, May 25, 2013
Model and actress Hong Ha was caught in the act in a hotel in Hanoi’s Ba Dinh District as police from the Ministry of Public Security bust a large-scale sex ring yesterday (Thursday).
At 5.30pm, officers from the Police Department of Criminal Investigation in Social Order (C45) and Hanoi police suddenly inspected a hotel on Son Tay Street, Hanoi’s Ba Dinh district and discovered two couples engaging in sexual activities in two hotel rooms.
At the same time, Ho Chi Minh City police also found another couple at M&M hotel in the southern city.
Among those detained is model and actress Hong Ha hailing from Thai Binh province, who is believed to be paid US$1,000-1500 for that.
Hong Ha has been modeling for some foreign and national magazines and fashion brands and starred in several movies.
According to initial information, the sex ring, which boasts 20 high-level prostitutes, was founded in 2009 by 26-year old Do Trung Kien.
Kien tried to get to know models and actresses at model agencies like Elite and Venus and would wander around cafés, famous discotheques to solicit customers and in Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City.
He would approach rich businessmen and provide them with the girls - who are students, models, actresses and contestants in some beauty pageants.
A prostitute caught from the bust in Hanoi hotel last Thursday (Photo: Tuoi Tre)
Kien would give them his number and pass code. When they feel in need, the men can contact Kien for price quotation, time and location. The prostitution mostly takes place in expensive hotels in Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City or are organized under a form of vacation.
The prices range from VND4-6 million ($200-300) a time, US$400-600 a night or US$1,000-1,500 for a holiday trip.
The C45 police said this is a large-scale sex ring involving many individuals in different locations, operating for a long time and earning a large amount of money.
At the police station, Hong Ha said she is working for a model agency Elite. However on the same day, Thuy Hanh, the company’s representative denied that Hong Ha belongs to the company.
“We do not know who Hong Ha is. She needs to show a contract, tax code to prove she is our model. Elite has never worked with Hong Ha or invited her to any fashion show,” confirmed Hanh.
She added that the company may sue the model for giving false information which may affect their brand.
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AAT Reg. Thai prevention actions enable women and minors to keep safe from sexual exploitation and trafficking and encourage victims to leave prostitution. Prevention actions are implemented in several ways: We set up systems in communities at risk to prevent vulnerable women and minors from being trafficked and to be able to protect themselves. We detect missing persons and potential victims for protection on their transit stage before reaching their final destination. We disseminate information in strategic places on trafficking and self protection. We encourage and provide new alternatives to the most vulnerable groups of people and the victims themselves.
The program targets women and minors in general, the ones living in communities at risk such as cross border areas, the most vulnerable ones such as stateless persons, or former victims as well as the ones already involved in prostitution. More / Results
We develop techniques to find and protect victims with law enforcement agencies or other relevant agencies. We also participate to develop protection mechanisms to: strengthen the victim identification process, encourage cross-border victim’s protection, and to support embassies to protect their citizens.
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After been protected from situations of exploitation, AAT Reg. Thai assists victims until their return home. We assist them to access their rights and prepare them for safe return and community reintegration.
We identify the ones kept in detention centers who do not have access to protection and transfer them to adapted centers.
In adapted centers, we provide them with legal support to receive compensations. We also provide them assistance to recover from their mental and physical problems. We then assist them to prepare for their future and build their capacity for community actions. Finally, we prepare them for the different steps of repatriation. More / Results
The role of AAT Reg. Thai is to organize and facilitate repatriation to be safe and convenient for women and minors. AAT Reg. Thai works with both the origin and destination country on preparation, coordination and reception. Our role is to speed up the process, to work in order that victims will be well treated and not be re-trafficked at their arrival. It is also to make sure that their confidentiality will be respected and that they will not be persecuted.
AAT Reg. Thai participates to develop repatriation mechanisms between origin and destination countries and support embassies and relevant agencies for repatriation. AAT Reg. Thai follows up with them just after their return. More / Results