|The youth disseminates information and knowledge on human trafficking prevention in southern An Giang Province. Almost 5,000 calls related to human trafficking have been received by an anti-human trafficking hotline sponsored by the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) over the last three years. — Photo laodong.com.vn
HA NOI (VNS) — Almost 5,000 calls related to human trafficking have been received by an anti-human trafficking hotline sponsored by the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) over the last three years.
The announcement was made at a conference reviewing the implementation of the anti-human trafficking hotline development project from 2012-2016. The conference was held by the Ministry of Labour, Invalids and Social Affairs (MoLISA)'s Department of Child Care and Protection and by JICA yesterday in Ha Noi.
The project was implemented from July 2012 to March 2016 in Ha Noi City, as well as in southern An Giang and northern Ha Giang Provinces.
MoLISA discussed a proposal to continue phase two of the project from 2016 to 2019, according to the Head of the Department of Child Care and Protection (DCCP), Dang Hoa Nam.
Viet Nam wants JICA to continue its support for the project. Major goals include the sustainable development of the hotline, as well as help for Viet Nam to collaborate with other countries in Southeast Asian and the Mekong Delta region in the fight against human trafficking, said Nam.
Naoki Kakioka, Vice Chief Representative of JICA Viet Nam hailed the collaboration among departments and agencies in operating the hotline.
JICA said they would follow the project more closely, now that phase 1 is completed, and would continue to support Viet Nam in the upcoming time, according to Naoki Kakioka.
After three years of implementation, the project helped to create a collaboration network among relevant agencies in localities where the project was implemented, a hotline where information related to human trafficking was collected and consultant services to victims and family members was provided, said Deputy Head of DCCP's Communication Service and Consultant Centre, Nguyen Cong Hieu.
The ongoing anti-human trafficking project has also enhanced call center and consultant staff capability, as well as raising local awareness of human trafficking, Hieu said. — VNS