By Pham Du January 24, 2021 | 19:00 GMT + 7
Phan Thanh Luong is being held in a police station in Hanoi for running a prostitution ring. Photo by VnExpress / Minh Thuy.
A trans woman who ran a prostitution ring with women popular on social media was arrested in Hanoi.
Hanoi police said Phan Than Luong, 25, who is from Quang Binh, runs a company that “arranges sex services”.
Public Safety Department officials said Saturday that Luong had recruited attractive women with many social media followers for her company.
She told police that she was charging VND 20 to 40 million ($ 864 to $ 1,730) per service, including overnight stays.
She also offered multi-day sex tours for $ 5,000 to $ 7,000 each.
Luong negotiated the price and location directly with customers before sending the sex workers through various social media accounts.
Last Thursday night, police found two women, ages 21 and 24, who were providing sexual services to two Vietnamese men after they raided a luxury condominium project in the Ngoc Khanh district of Ba Dinh district.
Questioning the two sex workers took them to Luong.
Police said they found ketamine and meth, aside from documents relating to the prostitution ring at Luong’s residence in the Thanh Xuan district.
Under the Vietnamese Penal Code, sex workers are warned and fined between VND 100,000 and VND 300,000 (US $ 4.26-12.78), while pimps and sex ring organizers can sit in prison for anywhere from six months to five years.