Friday, September 26, 2008

Saigon's police bust high class call girl ring

Lam Thi Ngoc Hue
Ho Chi Minh City police have arrested the leader of a major prostitution ring that has been providing women for affluent clients since last year.

Lam Thi Ngoc Hue, who was initially found along with two other hired female sex workers “entertaining” customers at a hotel in District 3, was formally arrested Wednesday by District 3 police.

A news source said one of the three sex workers was a model who had previously competed in the Miss Sea 2006 beauty contest in Ba Ria-Vung Tau Province.

Hue confessed she has been a sex broker since the end of 2007 and she regularly scoured bars and discotheques in HCMC for attractive girls to recruit into her ring.

Hue had between 20-30 young girls in her network, including some who were amateur models.

Supplying sex workers to wealthy men at US$300-500 per encounter, Hue pocketed a “brokering fee” ranging from $100-150 per customer.

For clients who wanted companions on travel tours, the ring leader would provide girls starting at $500 per day per person.

Hue also confessed to serving as a sex worker whenever her girls were in short supply or upon customers’ orders.

Prostitution is illegal in Vietnam.