|According to the report presented by Deputy Minister of Public Security Senior Lieutenant General Le Quy Vuong, statistics documented 181,400 drug addicts in 2013, up 9,000 from the previous year.— File Photo
HA NOI (VNS)— A report released yesterday revealed an increase in criminal activities related to drugs and prostitution in 2013.
The report was delivered at a national teleconference between the National Committee for AIDS, Drugs and Prostitution Prevention and Control and 63 cities and provinces nationwide.
According to the report presented by Deputy Minister of Public Security Senior Lieutenant General Le Quy Vuong, statistics documented 181,400 drug addicts in 2013, up 9,000 from the previous year.
In 2013, there were nearly 22,000 drug-related cases with more than 32,330 people arrested. Police also seized around 940kg of heroin and 117kg of opium last year.
Vuong noted that the trafficking of drugs and importation of drug ingredients from other countries had become increasingly sophisticated during the last year.
The committee also reported that last year, nearly 11,600 new cases of HIV infections were recorded and at least 2,097 people had died from the disease.
More than 5,300 people were arrested for activities relating to the running of prostitution rings and networks.
Speaking at the conference, Deputy Prime Minister and chairman of the committee Nguyen Xuan Phuc instructed agencies to ramp up investigations and weed out organised crime and trans-national drug trafficking rings.
He also underlined the importance of supporting addicts in their recovery and providing education on the effects of drugs and prostitution.
He drew agencies and localities to raise awareness and provide information on the prevention of HIV/AIDS; and increase the role of local governments in tackling the problems at the grassroots level. — VNS