59 Vietnamese illegal immigrants held in China
Beijing: Fifty nine illegal Vietnamese immigrants have been caught by border police in south China`s Guangdong Province, Chinese officials said.
The immigrants, including 45 men and 14 women, were caught on July 29 when they were on a bus to travel to different Chinese cities.
They were alleged to have climbed mountains to reach the Chinese border, state-run Xinhua news agency reported.
There were 75 people aboard the bus, which had a designed capacity of 52 passengers.
Fifty nine of them were Vietnamese without legal entry permits, the report quoted police as saying.
They included two couples, two brothers and a mother and son. The youngest of the them was 18 years old. Thirty-two of them were born after 1990.
They paid 2,000 yuan to 3,000 yuan per person to illegal employment agents in Vietnam, and were told that they could work in Chinese coastal factories and be paid four times as much as they would in Vietnam, according to confessions.
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