Prostitution in Ho Chi Minh City develops complicated again


VietNamNet Bridge - "After the provision on not sending prostitutes to rehabilitation centers, prostitution in HCM City has become complex again," said Mr. Le Van Quy, Deputy Chief of the HCM City Bureau for Social Evils Prevention. At a recent workshop on prostitution management in the city, Quy said prostitution was complicated last year. Prostitution was disguised in many forms of business, using increasingly sophisticated tactics, making big concerns for the community. "The number of … [Read more...]

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Social entrepreneurship – a new trend


The topic of social entrepreneurship was mentioned in at least three discussion panels at the 2013 Global Entrepreneurship Summit (GES) held in Kuala Lumpur. Many guest speakers predicted that this concept will become a trend in the near future. Melody Hossaini, a social entrepreneurship expert from England, defined "social entrepresurship" as the practice of adding value to society while performing as a successful corporation. This differs from the work of charity organizations in that they … [Read more...]

Experts warn rabies outbreak possible


Experts warn rabies outbreak possible The risk of a possible rabies outbreak will remain high if measures are not taken to control the disease, said experts from the Ministry of Health. According to the ministry, the disease had spread throughout Ha Noi and many northern provinces in the region. By Thursday of last week, more than 300 people in Ha Noi's Soc Son District had been bitten by infectious dogs and cats. In the district's Bac Son Commune, nearly 100 people had been bitten. The … [Read more...]

Child Protection Law changes to strengthen child justice

HAI PHONG (VNS)—The revised law on Child Protection, Care and Education needs to make clear what the responsibilities of ministries and agencies are when it comes to implementing child-friendly justice, said director of Department for Child Protection and Care Nguyen Hai Huu at a workshop in Hai Phong last week. The law has been in effect for eight years but has significant shortcomings. The department, under the Ministry of Labour, Invalid and Social Affairs in partnership with other relevant … [Read more...]

Prime Minister asks four cities to report on prostitution


VietNamNet Bridge - After some local newspapers reported on prostitution in many big cities, the Prime Minister has asked Hanoi, Hai Phong, Ho Chi Minh City and Nam Dinh to quickly assess the situation and report to the government before July 5. At a red-light restaurant in Do Son, Hai Phong. Photo: VNE Earlier, in the discussion on prostitution prevention held on June 13/6, Mr. Pham Ngoc Dung - Deputy Head of the Prostitution Prevention Policy Division of the Department of Social Evils … [Read more...]

Many practical activities conducted for anti-drug action month in Nghe An province


Photo for illustration (Source: On the occasion of the anti-drug action month of June 2013, the Nghe An provincial People's Committee steered the departments, sectors, organizations and people's committees of districts, cities and towns to organize practical activities. Along with boosting communication for those with high-risk behaviours in border, coastal areas, key areas, mountainous and remote areas, the police force, border guards and customs enhanced efforts to detect and … [Read more...]

Don’t deceive yourself and others


Recent reports by authorities in Haiphong City and Nam Dinh Province that there was no prostitution in Do Son and Quat Lam have been met with public scepticism. Right after the reports were announced, several press agencies published articles denouncing the findings, and several reporters even went 'under cover' to find out more about the report's claims. Their reports on a "red light street" in the Do Son area in Haiphong proved that there exists a boisterous prostitution complex there. … [Read more...]

Community reintegration support needs appropriate measures

Capital support, vocational training for treated drug addicts and prostitutes are considered as positive measures to help them seek steady jobs, not repeat the crimes and reintegrate into communities. However, the rate of employed people remains low, therefore, to further promote the effectiveness of this assistance policy, more appropriate measures are needed. Supporting in accordance with demand In reality, vocational centres mostly teach what they have, therefore, vocations taught there … [Read more...]

Sharp increases in social problems grabs authorities’ attention


A report from the Ministry of Labour, Invalid and Social Affairs (MoLISA) has shown that 'social evils' are rising at an alarming rate in the whole, and and among younger people in specific. In 2012, VND70 billion (USD3.4 million)was spent for the prevention these activities. Le Duc Hien, Deputy Head of DSEP, said social evils are spreading from urban to rural areas, and methods of operation are getting more sophisticated. New technologies have been used to form large-scale, inter-provincial … [Read more...]

Sharp increase in social problems grabs authorities’ attention


A report from the Ministry of Labour, Invalid and Social Affairs (MoLISA) has shown that 'social evils' are rising at an alarming rate in the whole, and among younger people in specific. According to the Department for Social Evils Prevention (DSEP), under the MoLISA, Vietnam has around 30,000 sex workers and 171,400 people addicted to drugs, and the numbers are on the rise. In 2012, VND70 billion (USD3.4 million)was spent for the prevention these activities. Le Duc Hien, Deputy Head of … [Read more...]

Official opposes “red light district” in HCM City


The gathering of "sensitive" services institutions, including nightclubs, karaoke bars and massage parlors would virtually legalise prostitution, one official said. Le Duc Hien, Deputy Director of the Ministry of Labour, Invalid and Social Affairs' (MoLISA) Department of Social Evils Prevention made this comment after authorities in HCM City proposed grouping suspect institutions into a certain place for better management. Hien worried that, if such an area were to be formed, there would be … [Read more...]

Alarming increase in numbers of drug addicts


Measures to manage drug users after detoxification have proved ineffective in many localities. Many cities and provinces have seen a sharp increase in the number of drug addicts. After two years of the pilot programme to rehabilitate drug addicts at home, many local authorities are still confused at how to manage the addicts after rehabilitation. … [Read more...]

Breakfast @ Tuoitrenews – November 3


Tuoitrenews briefs the salient news published on local media today, November 3: Politics -- Vietnam and Bangladesh have agreed to bring two-way trade to US$1 billion in the next five years, apart from further boosting bilateral ties in politics, security, defense, economics, trade and investment. The agreement was reached at the talks between Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung and his visiting Bangladeshi counterpart Sheikh Hasina in Hanoi on November 2. They also reached a consensus on promoting … [Read more...]

New law on the management of sex workers stirs public concern


Sex workers will no longer be taken into education centres from July 1 next year when the Law on Handling Administrative Violations takes effect. The new regulations have however been criticised by both the public and management agencies. The law is aimed to improve access to social services such as healthcare, vocational training and loans via pilot models for sex workers, with the intention of encouraging them to voluntary give up their profession. When the law becomes valid, nearly 1,000 … [Read more...]

900 ex-sex workers to be released amidst concerns

Nearly 900 former prostitutes at rehabilitation centers nationwide will be set free when the Law on Handling Administrative Violations takes effect July 1, 2013, and many experts are concerned about certain related issues. The figure is provided by the Ministry of Labor, War Invalids and Social Affairs' Department for Social Evils Prevention and Control, which said such a release will mark a significant change in conception and policies towards sex workers in Vietnam. A prostitute caught by … [Read more...]

All sex workers in HCM City to be released


VietNamNet Bridge - All prostitutes who are being managed at the HCM City Social Labor Education Center will be released in accordance with the Law on Handling of Administrative Violations. The authorities worry that prostitution in Saigon will outbreak. Mr. Nguyen Ngoc Thach, head of the Social Evils Prevention Division of the Ho Chi Minh City Department of Labour, Invalids and Social Affairs, told VNExpress online newswire that the Social Labor Education Center currently manages 79 sex … [Read more...]

Prostitution runs rampant in HCM City


Prostitution is pretty much out of control of the management agencies with 1,500 sex workers freely operating in HCM City. The Department of Social Evil Prevention under the Ministry of Labour, Invalids and Social Affairs (Molisa) confirmed the situation at a conference on social evils in the southern region on August 7-8. … [Read more...]

Social organisations need stronger support to fight against HIV/AIDS

By Minh Huong HA NOI - A conference on HIV/AIDS today found that though local NGOs have played an important role in combating disease-related issues in Viet Nam they need to better co-operate with each other and the State. Domestic officials, international and local experts, social organizations and relevant people are taking part in the two-day event on mobilizing social organizations (non-state and non-profit) to participate in HIV/AIDS response in the capital city on May 29 and … [Read more...]


Northern region swarmed by mosquitoes Mosquitoes have swarmed several parts of the northern region for the last few weeks, causing a great deal of discomfort to residents. Hanoi City and Vinh Phuc, Phu Tho, Bac Giang and Bac Ninh provinces are some of the areas were mosquitoes are swarming homes after dusk. Mr. Thanh from Ha Dong District of Hanoi said that if he travelled on the streets by motorcycle around dusk without a muffler or sunglass, he found it near impossible to open his eyes as … [Read more...]


Vietnam cancels anti-gov't cable network The southern province of Bac Lieu has revoked the license of Giata cable television network which aired programs damaging the government's image. The Ministry of Information and Communications criticized Bac Lieu of loose management over its broadcasting and television stations. The ministry requested provincial authorities to punish those involved in the airing of these programs and prevent future violations. Sugar plant suspected of causing mass … [Read more...]