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Type of document: News
Topic: Actions/initiatives/projects
Policy and Planning
Trafficking patterns
Geographic descriptors: South East Asia
Language: English
Publisher: www.vov.org
Date of publication: 19 December 2004
Long Abstract: Present at the conference was Deputy Prime Minister Pham Gia Khiem and representatives from relevant ministries, sectors and some international organisations. Addressing the conference, Lieutenant General and Deputy Minister of Public Security Le The Tiem said the trafficking of women and children is a heated not only for Vietnam but also for the entire world. During the past ten years, tens of thousands of Vietnamese women and children were deceived and forcibly sold abroad to become prostitutes and illegal wives or serve for other inhuman purposes of commercialism. From 1991 to September, 2004, relevant agencies investigated 2,458 cases with a total of 4,076 criminal suspects. The trafficking of women and children were reported to have taken place in areas sharing the common borderline with China and Cambodia. They were mostly sold to China, Cambodia, Taiwan, Malaysia, Thailand and some Eastern European countries. In recent years, Vietnam has stepped up international co-operation in combating the trafficking of women and children, especially with its neighboring countries such as China, Cambodia and Laos. The country has also signed a Memorandum of Understanding in this connection with six countries in the sub-Mekong River Delta. At the conference, participants underlined the need to boost education and propaganda activities and intensify effective measures to improve economic developments in localities. They asked the Government to issue specific policies to facilitate victims’ re-integration into the community and called for promoting international co-operation and reinforcing the legal systems in keeping with the current situation. Mr Khiem highlighted the role of local Party committees and administrations in the prevention of women and children trafficking. Relevant agencies must fulfil four key tasks of the programme, including boosting community-based education, combating women and children trafficking, receiving and supporting victims who are sent back from foreign countries and finalising legal documents relating to the prevention of women and children trafficking. Vietnam has set a target of reducing by half the number of smuggled women and children across the country in the 2007-2010 period. At the conference, international representatives praised Vietnam’s efforts in the fight against human trafficking and pledged closer co-operation with the country in this field in the years to come.
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