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Hà Nội steps up fight on human trafficking

Update: August, 22/2017 - 09:53
Hà Nội police plan to increase inspections to uncover human trafficking rings, focusing on inter-provincial and transnational criminals. — Photo

HÀ NỘI — Hà Nội police plan to increase inspections to uncover human trafficking rings, focusing on inter-provincial and transnational criminals.

This is among measures to be taken by Hà Nội police as part of a plan on human trafficking prevention during 2017-20.

Police will also accelerate investigation and prosecution of human trafficking cases, aiming to increase the number of cases being prosecuted by at least two per cent each year.

Police will work with ministries and agencies to fight human trafficking, with a focus on human trafficking in all forms, including foreigners or overseas Vietnamese pretending to be businessmen or tourists to enter Việt Nam to traffic people.  

Human trafficking hot spots include road and railway routes linking Hà Nội to border provinces and international air routes.

Through investigation and prosecution, police will find loopholes in current regulations and propose changes to improve legal documents and policies.  

The project also aims to diversify means of communications and education and multiply effective prevention models in the community.

Lê Khắc Sơn, deputy director of Hà Nội Police’s Department of Criminal Investigation in Social Order said at a recent conference that human trafficking in the capital city has become a complicated issue.

The number of people coming to Hà Nội from other provinces to seek jobs keeps increasing, leading to a boom of establishments doing “sensitive” business such as bars, restaurants, hotels, massage parlours and karaoke bars. These factors aided the work of traffickers, he said.

The acceleration of transport and trade between Việt Nam and China as well as with other countries in the region also increased the risk of human trafficking, he added.

In 2016 and the first quarter of 2017, authorities nationwide uncovered 430 cases of human trafficking, involving 600 accused and 1,500 victims. Some 85 per cent of the victims were to be sold to other countries, mainly to China. 

Most of the victims were uneducated women and children from poor areas, including many from ethnic minority groups in Việt Nam’s northern highlands.

They were sold to men seeking wives in many countries such as China, Malaysia and the Republic of Korea, or to bear children or work as prostitutes in these countries.

Prime Minister Nguyễn Xuân Phúc last year approved a programme to tackle human trafficking in 2016-2020.

The programme will be carried out across Việt Nam as well as bordering countries such as Cambodia, Laos and China in accordance with domestic and international law.

It aims to enhance public awareness of fighting human trafficking, step up the detection, investigation and prosecution of cases, as well as protect and support victims.

The programme also hopes to improve legal documents and policies on human trafficking prevention, while increasing co-operation with other countries in implementing international commitments in the field. — VNS





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