Vietnamese police have accused a group of eight youngsters of gang-raping and robbing teenage girls they met through the Internet, a report said Thursday.
The reputed leader of the Hanoi-based group was a 15-year-old girl nicknamed “Wolf”, who colluded with her 19-year-old male lover, the website of the Tuoi Tre (Youth) newspaper reported.
The pair “made acquaintances with teen girls via chats on (the) Internet,” the English-language report said, citing a legal indictment.
“The couple later lured the teens to go out with them and then forced them into hotel rooms where the other male members of the gang raped them and then robbed their assets.”
Police have completed their investigation, which will now be reviewed by prosecutors before deciding whether or not the case should go to court.
There were a total of five victims, beginning last July, Tuoi Tre said. It added that the other alleged gang members were aged between 19 and 23.
Concerns have risen in Vietnam about a perceived increase in youth violence and a breakdown of traditional family-centred social values in the rapidly modernising society.