UK helps VN combat human trafficking

Monday 09/03/2020 14:25

VGP – Since March 2020, the British Embassy in Viet Nam has coordinated with Vietnamese relevant agencies to carry out communication activities to raise public awareness of human trafficking prevention and combat, with the participation of Miss Universe Viet Nam 2017 H’hen Nie.

With the message of “Don't bet your future - illegal migration can make you a victim of human trafficking,” the communication campaign includes the installation of banners in the central province of Nghe An to popularize round-the-clock support services freely provided by the hotline for human trafficking victims 111, and the installation of banners at the five airports of Noi Bai, Tan Son Nhat, Da Nang, Vinh and Dong Hoi to improve public awareness of illegal migration risks and human trafficking prevention and combat.

The campaign will also make a short video clip with the presence of British Ambassador to Viet Nam Gareth Ward and Miss H’hen Nie.

According to information from the UK’s functional agencies, around 10,000 victims of human trafficking in the country come from 102 nations, of whom the number of Vietnamese victims rank second (around 500 ones in 2017). 

Almost Vietnamese victims come from the North with disadvantaged living conditions, who were deceived to travel to the UK and forced to work at farms growing addictive substances (such as marijuana, talented plants), or in nail salons.

Viet Nam and the UK have signed bilateral agreements such as the Treaty on Mutual Legal Assistance in Criminal Matters in 2009, Treaty between the UK and Vietnam on the transfer of sentenced persons in 2006, Memorandum of cooperation on immigration issues in 2004 and the Memorandum of Understanding between the Vietnamese Ministry of Public Security and the British Home Office on information exchange serving for immigration-related proposes in 2013.       

Recently, the two sides inked the MoU on anti-human trafficking cooperation in November 2018. 

By Thuy Dung


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