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Sex for $30,000: HCMC police bust pricey prostitution ring

Three models and their pimp arrested in Ho Chi Minh City Sunday were part of a high-end prostitution ring charging up to $30,000, police say.

The arrests were made in raids on a five-star hotel and a luxury District 7 apartment.

Luc Trieu Vy, 27, a Da Nang native, arrested at the District 7 apartment, managed actresses and models to serve rich customers, the police said.

Luc Trieu Vy was arrested in District 7, HCMC, on the afternoon of July 12, 2020. Photo by VnExpress/Quoc Thang.

Luc Trieu Vy was arrested in District 7, HCMC, on the afternoon of July 12, 2020. Photo by VnExpress/Quoc Thang.

The arrested women have allegedly told the police that Vy had contacted them to go to the hotel and serve three businessmen for $18,000-30,000.

One of them was introduced as Miss Vietnam in Australia in 2015.

The Crime Police Department under the Ministry of Public Security said very few members of Vy’s ring were real models and actresses, and that he made up details about the rest to elevate their prices.

Local police said they are questioning Vy and related individuals to investigate the prostitution ring further.

Under Vietnamese law, sex workers are warned and fined VND100,000-300,000 ($4.3-13), while pimps and sex ring organizers can face jail terms.

Source: https://e.vnexpress.net/news/news/sex-for-30-000-hcmc-police-bust-pricey-prostitution-ring-4129350.html

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Hoi An reopens after enhanced social distancing

Hoi An Ancient Town in central Quang Nam Province started welcoming tourists again on Thursday after two months of social distancing to stall COVID-19, offering a 50 percent discount on admission fees at many well-known destinations.

According to Truong Thi Ngoc Cam, director the Center for Culture, Sports, Radio and Television of Hoi An City, promenades in the famous tourist attraction have resumed operations.

A 50 percent discount on admission fees at all destinations will be applicable until the end of October.

Local authorities have plans to extend the discount program until the end of this year.

Motorized vehicles will be banned from entering the ancient quarter from 9:00 am to 11:00 am and between 3:00 pm and 9:00 pm.

Art and performance activities have also been organized in the area, including the ‘bai choi’ folk singing game at the An Hoi junction or the blindfolded pot smashing game on Chau Thuong Van Street.

Other performances, such as the ‘Tieng Duong Cam’ (The Sound of Piano) music show, ‘Trang phuc Hoi An – Ky uc thoi gian’ (Hoi An Fashion – Memories of Time) fashion show, are available on weekends. Street stalls and shops have also been reopened.

During the social distancing period, the local government upgraded public facilities and expanded sidewalks to improve tourism services.

A new lighting system has been installed on Le Loi Street and Hai Ba Trung Street, while the decorative lighting system of Hoi An City has been improved.

Other tourist attractions in Hoi An, including Tra Que Vegetable Village, Cam Thanh Coconut Village, and Thanh Ha Pottery Village, have been opened again with some discount programs.

On Wednesday, Hoi An City’s government gave approval for the Quang Nam Tourism Association and some households to organize Tan Thanh Market on Nguyen Phan Vinh Street every Saturday, from early October to the end of this year.

Traders at the market are encouraged to sell local handicraft products and specialties.

The city started suspending all activities on July 28 in the wake of a fresh outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic in neighboring Da Nang three days earlier.

With more than 30 positive cases, Hoi An was one of the two epicenters of Quang Nam Province.

Meanwhile, Da Nang released its last COVID-19 patient from the hospital on Wednesday, said the Ministry of Health.

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One killed, one injured in Ho Chi Minh City hotel fire

One person was killed and another was injured after a fire erupted at a hotel in Ho Chi Minh City early Friday morning.

The flames broke out on the fifth floor of a hotel on Cach Mang Thang Tam Street in Ward 12, District 10 at around 5:20 am, according to preliminary information.

People inside the hotel and local residents tried to put out the blaze but the situation spiraled out of control.

Tens of firefighting officers and many fire engines were dispatched to the scene and they eventually extinguished the fire.

L.T.T.T., 25, who was from the Mekong Delta province of Dong Thap, was killed, and P.T.S., 50, who hails from the central city of Da Nang, was wounded following the incident.

A 12-square-meter room and many assets were burned down.

Local authorities are working to determine the cause of the fire.

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Tree falls on Saigon street, kills motorcyclist

A man riding a motorbike was killed when a tree fell on him in Ho Chi Minh City during a downpour on Thursday afternoon.

The accident occurred at around 3:30 pm on Nguyen Tri Phuong Street in District 10.

It was raining heavily when the 20-meter-tall tree collapsed on the still unidentified motorcyclists. 

Two other motorbikes and a sign belonging to a nearby store were also damaged during the incident.

A falling tree, which killed a motorcyclist, blocks a section of Nguyen Tri Phuong Street in District 10, Ho Chi Minh City, September 24, 2020. Photo: Huynh Luu Duc Toan / Tuoi Tre

A falling tree, which killed a motorcyclist, blocks a section of Nguyen Tri Phuong Street in District 10, Ho Chi Minh City, September 24, 2020. Photo: Huynh Luu Duc Toan / Tuoi Tre

The victim was rushed to Cho Ray Hospital, 1.4 kilometers from the scene, with one-third of his right shoulder shattered, a crushed right arm, and fractured left forearm bones.

A CT scan showed that the patient had a one-centimeter thick epidural hematoma on his right temporal membrane, putaminal hemorrhage, subarachnoid hemorrhage, and accumulation of intracranial air, according to Cho Ray Hospital’s director Nguyen Tri Thuc.

A falling tree, which killed a motorcyclist, blocks a section of Nguyen Tri Phuong Street in District 10, Ho Chi Minh City, September 24, 2020. Photo: Huynh Luu Duc Toan / Tuoi Tre

A falling tree, which killed a motorcyclist, blocks a section of Nguyen Tri Phuong Street in District 10, Ho Chi Minh City, September 24, 2020. Photo: Huynh Luu Duc Toan / Tuoi Tre

“Although the hospital urgently mobilized the entire force to give emergency treatment [to the patient], his injuries were too severe,” Dr. Thuc said.

The patient passed away on Friday morning, the hospital director confirmed.

In June, a falling tree branch also killed a motorcyclist during a rainstorm in Ho Chi Minh City’s District 10.

A falling tree, which killed a motorcyclist, blocks a section of Nguyen Tri Phuong Street in District 10, Ho Chi Minh City, September 24, 2020. Photo: Huynh Luu Duc Toan / Tuoi Tre

A falling tree, which killed a motorcyclist, blocks a section of Nguyen Tri Phuong Street in District 10, Ho Chi Minh City, September 24, 2020. Photo: Huynh Luu Duc Toan / Tuoi Tre

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