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Government requests probe into child sponsoring centres

Update: August, 22/2014 - 09:13

Orphan children play at a sponsoring centre in Ninh Thuan Province. The Government has asked the Ministry of Public Security to investigate centres taking care of children and strictly punish any violators. — VNA/VNS Photo Nguyen Thuy

HA NOI (VNS) — Deputy Prime Minister Vu Duc Dam has asked the Ministry of Public Security to investigate centres taking care of children and strictly punish any violators.

The move came after the Ha Noi Police recently seized Nguyen Thi Thanh Trang, 36, a worker at Bo De Pagoda in Ha Noi's Long Bien District, for alleged child trafficking.

Trang was charged with selling a child to another woman, Pham Thi Nguyet, 35, for VND35 million (US$1,650). Nguyet was also taken into custody.

Dam also asked the Ministry of Labour, Invalids and Social Affairs to work with other organisations and offices to inspect such centres and ensure that they were conforming to the law.

The Ministry of Public Security was directed to step up inspections of the number of inhabitants in social sponsoring centres, while the Ministry of Justice was assigned to check the implementation of adoption laws and ensure that abandoned children had birth certificates.

Long Bien authorities announced on Tuesday that Bo De Pagoda did not obey regulations when caring for abandoned children and the elderly. Dozens of children lacked birth certificates, many did not attend school and management of those leaving and entering was loose. — VNS



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