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Four arrested after men robbed in honey trap

TWO South Asian couples have been arrested after two foreign men were seduced and robbed of nearly 100,000 yuan (US$14,646), Shanghai No. 2 Prosecutors' Office said yesterday.

Two brothers from an unnamed South Asian country, aged 26 and 27, allegedly sent their wives out to meet foreigners over drinks, give them chocolate laced with sleeping pills and then take their property, prosecutors said.

On the early morning of July 22, one wife named only as Hanni met a man from the Netherlands in a bar in Xintiandi. She asked if she could continue the conversation over a drink at his hotel in Minhang District.

On the way there in a cab, Hanni allegedly tricked him into eating a chocolate laced with a powerful sedative. After they got to his room, the victim fell unconscious. Prosecutors allege that Hanni then took cash, his laptop, cell phone and credit card.

The suspects later used the credit card to buy gold and watches in a store. The victim suffered a loss of more than 30,000 yuan, prosecutors said.

The couples also robbed a Frenchman of 28,000 yuan worth of property and a few credit cards the next day in the same way, prosecutors allege, and used the cards to buy two luxury watches valued at more than 40,000 yuan.

The suspects were caught in a Hangpu District hotel where they lived on July 24.

Prosecutors said criminal cases targeting expatriates will be severely penalized to maintain public safety as more foreigners visit before the 2010 World Expo next May.


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