Police in the border town of Mong Cai in Quang Ninh Province announced Thursday that they have arrested two local people for human trafficking.
Dang Van Hien, 29, and Tran Thi Duyen, 24, have been detained on the criminal charges of organising the illegal exit of people from Vietnam, police said.
According to a report from local police, at 12.20pm on March 13, border guards in Mong Cai checked a truck carrying a group of 23 people from seven northern provinces which was heading to China.
The group told the police that they had left home to follow Hien and Duyen because they were promised high salaries in China.
Each of them had to pay Duyen 1,200 to 1,300 yuan (USD179-194) to be brought to China.
Hien told the police that he was responsible for guiding and arranging transportation to bring the group to Bac Son Commune to cross the border to China.
If convicted, Duyen and Hien can be sentenced for up to seven and 10 years in prison, and be fined up to VND10,000,000 to 50,000,000 (USD432 – 2,160).