|In the first six months of this year, 200 cases with a total of 508 trafficking victims were discovered in Viet Nam, a decrease of 101 cases compared to the same period last year, according to the Police Department. — VNA/VNS Photo Quang Duy
HCM CITY (VNS) — Viet Nam Ministry of Public Security's Police Department will strengthen co-operation with Laos' Ministry of Public Security and Cambodia's Ministry of Interior to fight cross-border human trafficking as the number of cases has increased recently.
At a conference held yesterday in Can Tho, Major General Ho Sy Tien, head of Viet Nam's Police Department, said that as many as 110 trafficking victims in the first six months of the year were rescued near the border of Viet Nam, Laos and Cambodia.
Each year, the cases at the border account for 6 per cent of the total cases in Viet Nam.
The Police Department's peak campaign against human traffickers began on July 1 and will last until September 30.
Bilateral agreements will be continued between the government of Viet Nam and Laos, and Viet Nam and Cambodia, on strengthening co-operation against trafficking.
The three countries have set up a hotline to be used by their respective agencies and police to investigate criminal rings and assist chase-and-rescue groups at the border.
Sy said that traffickers often tried to lure girls and women into prostitution by offering them jobs at high salaries.
Most of the girls and women live in central provinces bordering Viet Nam and Laos, which include Thanh Hoa, Nghe An, Ha Tinh, Quang Binh, Thua Thien-Hue and Quang Tri.
In the first six months of this year, 200 cases with a total of 508 trafficking victims were discovered in Viet Nam, a decrease of 101 cases compared to the same period last year, according to the Police Department.
Last year, there were 469 cases with a total of 1,031 victims nationwide. Child trafficking occurred in three northern border provinces of Lao Cai, Ha Giang and Lai Chau, with more than 20 cases. — VNS