HA NOI (VNS)— A project to enhance international co-operation against human trafficking was launched in Ha Noi on Tuesday by the General Department of Crime Prevention and Control under the Ministry of Public Security and the United Nations Children’s Fund .
As part of the Government’s action plan on anti-human trafficking signed in 2011, the project aims to produce bilateral agreements on anti-human trafficking with at least three countries and territories by 2015.
It also targets that 100 per cent of foreign-funded or supported projects would fulfill their aims and designed plans.
In addition, it will enhance information sharing and links with countries and international agencies to verify and deal with cases through diplomatic channels and the International Criminal Police Organisation (Interpol).
The project will be conducted nationwide, with priorities given to provinces and cities having border lines and international airports or seaports.
According to the General Department of Crime Prevention and Control, human trafficking has been complicated in all 63 provinces and cities nationwide, especially in the border areas with China, Cambodia, and Laos.
Women and children account for 80 per cent of total number of trafficked victims. Men, newborns and human organs were now being eyed by traffickers as well.
Viet Nam is both an immediate scene of the crime and an entree port for traffickers traveling to a third country.
Statistics showed that more than 3,200 human trafficking cases had been uncovered in Viet Nam since 2005, involving 5,600 traffickers and 7,000 victims.
During last year and first half of this year, nearly 700 cases involving over 1,300 victims were recorded. More than 80 per cent of them were taken abroad.
Traffickers often lure victims with promises of high wages or take advantage of legal loopholes in marriage, child adoption, labour export or traveling to deceive vulnerable people. — VNS