fights human trafficking
|Visitors look at
paintings related to human trafficking in Ha Noi. — VNA/VNS Photo
HCM CITY — Now that
human trafficking has become a global concern, the HCM City Child Welfare
Foundation has asked non-government organisations to join hands to prevent the
trafficking of children and women.
Speaking at a seminar on
enhancing capacity against trafficking in women and children in HCM City
yesterday, the deputy chairwoman of HCFC, Nguyen Thi Ngoc Anh, said traffickers
had become more sophisticated in their methods.
Ngoc Anh quoted relevant
authorities, saying that 4,527 Vietnamese women and children were reported
trafficked, including 3,826 abroad from 1998 to 2007.
According to figures from
the Viet Nam Women’s Union (VWU), for the first six months of this year, 740
Vietnamese women and children were trafficked.
In addition, some 900 were
reported missing by provincial authorities and believed to have been trafficked
Ngoc Anh said between
200,000 and 300,000 children and women from Southeast Asian countries,
especially poor countries including Indonesia, Cambodia, Laos, Myanmar and Viet
Nam, were trafficked every year.
Ngoc Anh said up to 60 per
cent of them were trafficked to big cities where they were forced to work as sex
workers and beggars.
According to the VWU’s
reports, the traffickers maximised the disadvantages of the women and children
living in poor rural areas, both hindered by poor education, difficult economic
circumstances and unemployment.
They would promise to find
suitable light jobs in cities and towns for poor women and children and then
take them across the border to sell them into brothels or foreign crime
organisations, taking advantage of gaps in laws on marriages with foreigners,
orphan adoption, tourism, visits with relatives and working abroad.
They can also take
advantage of Viet Nam’s open policies to encourage international integration.
Nguyen Ngoc Thanh, head of
the HCM City Department for Preventing and Combating Social Evils, said on
September 20 that the city police raided a gang who were forcing homeless
children to work as beggars.
Sixteen children aged 10
to 14 years were released from the gang, who had forced these chidren to ‘earn’
from VND200,000 to VND400,000 per day. Many of them had been badly beaten when
they could not offer the money the gangsters wanted.
According to Tran Quang, a
representative of the HCM City Police Department, HCM City is a transit spot,
rather than a destination for trafficking rings to recruit women and children.
to be taken
To achieve results in
preventing the trafficking of women and children, especially as Viet Nam
integrates into the global community, Ngoc Anh said it was necessary to combine
economic, administrative and legal measures.
Ministries and local
departments at all levels should co-operate closely within the framework set up
and co-ordinated by the Government and the HCM City People’s Committee, she
said. — VNS