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Viet Nam, Laos and Thailand to fight human trafficking

Update: June, 20/2012 - 14:34

QUANG TRI – Vietnamese women met with representatives from Laos and Thailand to discuss human trafficking in central Quang Tri Province today.

The occasion was organised by World Vision Viet Nam and included representatives from Laos' Savannakhet, Thailand's Mukdahan and Vietnam's Quang Tri provinces.

According to the Vietnamese Ministry of Public Security, the country has so far uncovered 2,560 cases of human trafficking, involving 4,450 culprits and 5,750 victims, since 2005.

In particular, police recently apprehended trafficking rings that transported Vietnamese women to Cambodia and Thailand for prostitution. In the border province of Quang Tri, police found six rings trafficking 28 women and children to Laos and China.

The three provinces have been co-operating in raising awareness on the issue to help prevent and combat the problem.

The Women's Union of Quang Tri has also worked with border soldiers to run training courses for local people in communes and towns bordering Laos.

Local authorities have additionally set up 48 human trafficking prevention clubs that promote jobs for local women.

Participants at the event sought effective measures to improve co-ordination between the women's union and local police as well as co-operation amongst the three countries in raising public awareness.

The Union, alongside its counterparts from Laos and Thailand, also signed a memorandum of joint action against human trafficking. – VNS

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