|Juvenile delinquency in Viet Nam is at an alarming level both in number and seriousness, affecting security and worrying people. — Photo vietnamnet.vn
HCM CITY (VNS) — Juvenile delinquency in Viet Nam is at an alarming level both in number and seriousness, affecting security and worrying people, participants said at a workshop organised last week by the Police Department of Social Order Administrative Management (C 64).
According to statistics by the department under the Ministry of Public Security, over 17,000 crimes were committed by over 25,000 children and juveniles in the country last year and the first ten months of this year.
They included 2,105 crimes related to robbery, 3,236 intentionally causing injuries, 2,035 disturbing public order and 4,027 crimes related to stealing.
More than 8,300 offenders received criminal charges and notably, 20 per cent of the offenders were under 14 years old, the department revealed at the workshop.
Police also warned about the phenomenon of male child prostitution with sex workers are between 12 and 17 years old in big cities like Ha Noi and HCM City.
Vice director of C64, Colonel Lam Dung Nam said that the increase in juvenile crimes was mainly caused by improper family care.
Children were easily turned to law offenders when they live in dysfunctional families or their parents are irresponsible, overindulge or they suffer mental pain as when seeing family problems like quarreling parents, he said.
"Children and juvenile are vulnerable to crimes or to be lured by bad people if they don't have a strong family to rely on," Nam said.
Moreover, side-effects of the market economy and international integration led to money-oriented thoughts while bad imported media also left an impact on groups of people, especially children and juveniles, he said.
Colonel Dinh Manh Toan, also C64 vice director, said that drastic measures were needed to curb child crimes.
He said that besides improved communication to prevent child crimes, it was necessary to have measures that help the offenders to re-integrate into the community.
For examples, they should be offered back to school or job training.
Good models to support child offenders in provinces and cities were also introduced at the workshop. For example, northern Hai Phong City applied the models to help orphans, children with disabilities or victims of sexual abuse or domestic violence.
Representatives from Hai Phong police said that local authorities played an important role in the success of such support models. — VNS