HCM CITY(VNS) – Viet Nam and Cambodia today signed an amended agreement on fighting against the trafficking of women and children and the provision of assistance to the victims.
The signing ceremony took place in HCM City between the Vietnamese Ministry of Public Security and the Cambodian Ministry of Women Affairs.
Delivering a speech at the ceremony, Tran Dai Quang, Vietnamese Minister of Public Security, appraised the close co-operation between the Vietnamese and Cambodian governments in criminal prevention as well as the fight against trafficking.
"The signing shows the determination of the two governments to work closely together to fight against the trafficking of women and children, contributing to a peaceful world," he said.
Ing Kantha Pha, the Cambodian Minister of Women Affairs, said the two governments had made important achievements in the field.
The bilateral agreement on fighting against the trafficking of women and children was signed by the two governments in 2005.
But the original agreement has many shortcomings, affecting co-operation between the two countries in the field.
According to the Ministry of Public Security, the Vietnamese – Cambodian border is a hotspot for the trafficking of women.
Traffickers also make use of the border to transfer victims to third countries like Thailand, Singapore, Malaysia and China.
During last year, 15 Vietnamese nationals who had been trafficked were rescued by Cambodian police, and Vietnamese police rescued 36 Cambodian victims.
Over the same period, Vietnamese border guards discovered 45 cases of women trafficking and rescued 95 victims. – VNS