Border guards in northern Lang Son Province caught a man and a woman trying to cross into China with a newborn baby on Sunday, in an effort likely put a stop to a human trafficking case.
|Nguyen Thi Ngoc Tram at Lang Son Province's Chi Ma border point. — VNA/VNS Photo Quang Duy|
Nguyen Thi Ngoc Tram, 22, from Mekong Delta Dong Thap Province and Ngo Duy Khanh, 28, of southern Long An Province, were apprehended at the province's border district of Loc Binh, vietnamplus.vn reported.
They told the border guards they were a couple and the male infant they were carrying was not Tram's child.
They said they received the newborn from a woman named Chau at Long Khanh General Hospital in southern Dong Nai Province and gave over VND10 million (US$425) to Chau to make the baby's birth certificate with the names of his parents, Tram and Khanh.
The infant will be taken to an unidentified man in China, in return for VND50 million ($2,130), the couple confessed.
Authorities have sent the child to a local social protection centre and are investigating further.
Border guards in northern Lang Son Province have arrested a girl for allegedly trafficking a newborn baby to China, online newspaper news.zing.vn has reported.
The US State Department’s 2019 Trafficking in Persons Report names Vietnam to trafficking in persons watch list.