Authorities in Nghe An province in northern Vietnam have launched an investigation into a woman who allegedly enticed a pregnant woman to go to China to sell her baby.
Moong Thi Ly, 32, may be charged with “organizing or coercing other people to flee abroad”, a crime in Vietnam that is punishable by up to 20 years in jail, VN Express reported. Ly, who is pregnant, is currently under house arrest.
Ly allegedly persuaded Moon Thi Mui, 24, to cross over to China when she was eight months pregnant and sell her baby to an unknown buyer for an unspecified price. She took the victim to China via the northern border at Mong Cai, Quang Ninh.
Mui, however, was caught in a traffic accident in China on September 20 and ended up in hospital, where she gave birth to a baby boy.
In January, local authorities working with the Hanoi-based NGO Blue Dragon successfully rescued Mui and her son from China. The case led to demands for an investigation into the trafficking of babies into China.
Nghe An has become a hotspot for human trafficking in recent years. At least 27 pregnant women were reported to have traveled to China to sell their babies last year.