Police in Can Gio District, Ho Chi Minh City recently broke up a prostitution ring that had been concealing their illegal operation as a beer and karaoke parlor to rake in money from fishermen.
The Can Gio police department is keeping 62-year-old Vo Thi Ban, the owner of the Yen Loan parlor in the island district’s An Thoi Dong Commune, in custody for the investigation of prostitution brokerage, a source told Tuoi Tre (Youth) newspaper on Saturday.
Seafaring fishermen and sand barge crews were frequent clients at the parlor, according to the investigative agency taking charge of the case.
After a period of spying, the agency determined that the business establishment provided prostitution, which is banned in Vietnam, besides drinks and karaoke services while Ban pimped about ten prostitutes.
At around 12:00 pm on June 1, agents followed 12 men, most of whom are fishermen, riding motorbikes to the Yen Loan parlor.
After being served beer by some hostesses, the male clients asked for the prostitution service before Ban bargained for the men’s further spending on the beer to reach a VND3-million (US$129) milestone.
After the men met the condition, the hostesses discussed the prostitution service price before going with them to Truc Quynh Hotel in Binh Khanh Commune in the same district.
The agents then caught three men and the hostesses red-handed in three hotel rooms at the hotel.
Each prostitute earned VND1.2 million ($52) for each time she provided the service and had to pay Ban VND200,000 ($8.62) of that amount, according to the women’s accounts.
Ban admitted all acts of brokering and organizing prostitution later at the police station.