|The student cards of Huynh Cong Nhi and his schoolmate Le Nhat Ban, who went missing last Friday in Quang Nam Province. — Photo cand.com.vn
QUANG NAM (VNS) — The competent authorities in Quang Nam Province's Thang Binh District have been carrying out investigations ever since two boys were reported missing last Friday.
Fourteen-year-old Huynh Cong Nhi and his friend Le Nhat Ban went out for extra class at 1pm on Friday, as they told their families, but did not return home as usual.
Both families searched every place that their sons used to go to, but in vain.
"Someone told me that my son went to Da Nang. We immediately went there, but found nothing. Five days later, some people said they had seen the two boys wandering around and looking for jobs in Da Nang. We went there again, but still did not find them," Huynh Hung, the father of Huynh Cong Nhi, said.
Le Thanh Ha, secretary of Binh Que Commune, said the commune had appealed for information about the two boys on the local broadcasting network.
The reasons for the boys going missing had not been clarified yet, Thang Binh District authorities said.
Quang Nam has seen many recent cases of young people getting enticed by employment scam brokers. These brokers often offer attractive wages to entice children and school dropouts. The children then leave home and follow the brokers before they realise that they will actually be working as slave labourers in production plants or for logging enterprises. Provincial police forces have rescued many children from the "Hell Job".
In August, Quang Nam Police rescued seven 14-year-old students from Nam Tra My District, who were forced to work in servitude in Lam Dong, Quang Nam. In September, also in Nam Tra My District, three ethnic community teenagers denounced a forest owner for exploiting labourers. At the investigation agency, the victims said, "Every day, there are many brokers seeking to offer jobs to villagers. The victims followed them and believed in false promises of high wages. They not only suffered health issues, but also mental problems." — VNS