Language Sites
  • UCAN China
  • UCAN India
  • UCAN Indonesia
  • UCAN Vietnam

Women arrested for child trafficking at Vietnam orphanage

Center is renowned for care of children and elderly

Women arrested for child trafficking at Vietnam orphanage

Children at the Bo De pagoda (AFP Photo/Hoang Dinh Nam) 

AFP, Hanoi
Vietnam

August 4, 2014

Mail This Article
(For more than one recipient, type addresses separated by commas)


Two women have been arrested for allegedly trafficking a child at an orphanage in a Hanoi pagoda famed for rescuing abandoned babies, Vietnamese state media said Monday.

Nguyen Thi Thanh Trang, the 36-year-old manager of the orphanage in the capital's Bo De pagoda, was taken into custody Sunday pending a police probe into the trafficking of a one-year-old boy for US$1,700, Tuoi Tre newspaper said.

Another woman, Pham Thi Nguyet, 35, was also arrested while three others have been questioned over the same allegation, the report added without clarifying their roles at the pagoda.

The Bo De pagoda in Hanoi is renowned for its orphanage where dozens of abandoned children are cared for, including the disabled – from teenagers with Down syndrome to blind babies.

The boy, who was believed to have been left at the pagoda's entrance at birth, disappeared suddenly "without reason", the report said, adding complaints led to the police investigation.

Officers discovered that the boy was "in fact trafficked" in exchange for $1,700.

The probe is ongoing to identify whether there were any other similar cases involving the orphans.

As of mid-July the pagoda was home to 145 orphaned, abandoned or disabled children as well as elderly people in need of care, Tuoi Tre newspaper said. AFP

UCAN needs your support to continue our independent journalism
Access to UCAN stories is completely free of charge - however it costs a significant amount of money to provide our unique content. UCAN relies almost entirely on donations from our readers and donor organizations that support our mission. If you are a regular reader and are able to support us financially, please consider making a donation. Click here to donate now.

LATEST