HA NOI (VNS)— Young women working as sex workers in Ha Noi will be helped to reintegrate into society by a project launched yesterday by the Ministry of Labour, Invalids, and Social Affairs and Plan International.
Under the US$380,000 project, 400 female sex workers under 25 will be provided with vocational training and health check-ups over a period of three years.
Deputy Minister of Labour, Invalids and Social Affairs Nguyen Trong Dam stressed that the project's effectiveness would be determined by whether authorities at all levels can work together.
"For prostitution, the greatest challenge is the lack of participation of non-government organisations and social service organisations in activities to help sex workers change jobs," Dam said.
He hoped that the project would be applied widely in other provinces.
With support from Plan and the country's authorities, the project could create positive changes in the community's attitude towards sex workers so that they can rapidly integrate into society, said Glenn Gibney, Country Director of Plan in Viet Nam. — VNS