A court in Vietnam has sentenced 29 people on charges of trafficking at least 17 women and teenage girls into prostitution.
State media says the members of an alleged sex trafficking ring were sentenced Wednesday after a trial in Hanoi.
The ringleader received 20 years in jail. Sentences for the others ranged from a 10-month suspended sentence to 18 1/2 years in jail.
Online newspaper VnExpress reported Thursday that the ring was detected in 2010 when a member was arrested trying to force a teenage girl to board a train to the Chinese border and work as a prostitute in China.
The newspaper said other victims were trafficked domestically.
Court officials could not be immediately reached for comment on Thursday.