Nearly VND6 billion to help prostitutes to access social services

Prostitutes in Quang Ninh, Ho Chi Minh city and Can Tho city will be helped to access social services thanks a project on building pilot models on strengthening people's ability to access social services, launched by the Ministry of Labour, War-Invalids and Social Affairs (MOLISA) and Care on November 17th. According to the MOLISA's Department of Social Evil Prevention and Control , during the 10 months of this year, prostitution prevention has been carried out strictly. However, the situation … [Read more...]

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Tuoi Tre seminar offers solutions to drug detoxification problems in Vietnam megacity

>> 7,000 added to list of drug addicts annually in Vietnam: ministry  >> Vietnam lawmakers appeal for rights to detoxify drug addicts pending court judgments

Many practical solutions were proposed by the participants in a seminar organized on Friday by Tuoi Tre (Youth) newspaper on how to improve the problematic drug detoxification work in Ho Chi Minh City. >> Voluntary drug detoxification a flop in Vietnam … [Read more...]

HCM City’s anti-drug angel


A brave woman in HCM City is fighting the city's drug problem.She finds children who could easily start this bad habit and changes them into good people.At least once she has found herself facing danger from drug takers.However, she does not allow them to stop her from doing her good work. Le Thi Nga smiles with a glass with a yellow smiley she was presented by local children she took under her wing. - VNS Photo Gia Loc by Gia Loc HCM CITY (VNS) - Since for Le Thi Nga "to live is to give," … [Read more...]

Woman steps up in fight to tackle drugs

Le Thi Nga smiles with a glass with a yellow smiley she was presented by local children who she took under her wing. - VNS Photo Gia Loc.

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Drug rehab programme draws few participants

HCM CITY (VNS) - HCM City's two-year-old community-based treatment for drug addicts has not proven very successful due to various reasons, including the fact that admission for treatment is voluntary. Since the programme began in 2012 only 204 people have been treated so far while authorities had hoped to treat 700 by next year, according to a report from the Counselling Centre for Drug Addiction Treatment in Thu Duc District released at a workshop to review the programme last Friday. The … [Read more...]

Rehab plans for drug addicts

HCM CITY (VNS) - Provinces and cities have been asked to create an action plan for community-based treatment for drug addicts in an aim to reduce the number of patients at rehabilitation centres from 63 per cent to 20 per cent by 2015, and 6 per cent by 2020. Deputy Minister of Labour, Invalids and Social Affairs Nguyen Trong Dam has urged localities to set up counseling centres in their wards or communes for drug addicts. Speaking at a two-day conference that ended yesterday, he said … [Read more...]

Poor people easy targets for human traffickers

by Van Dat AN GIANG — A full two years has passed since Thach Thi Sa Lal (not her real name) was rescued from a brothel in Cambodia and brought back to her hometown in An Giang Province in the Mekong Delta. Despite the passage of time, the memories of those dark days fill her with dread, and when asked during a recent interview to speak about the experience, she would only lower her head in silence. The 16-year-old Khmer-Vietnamese girl, who had to quit school after the sixth grade because of … [Read more...]

44 high-ranking officials named for position rotation

Deputy Minister of Construction Nguyen Thanh Nghi, alternate member of the Party Central Committee is appointed as Deputy Party Secretary of Kien Giang Province in the 2010-2015 term.

VietNamNet Bridge - The Politburo has assigned 44 high-ranking officials from central bodies to localities. Notably, two members of the Party Central Committee are assigned as the Deputy Party Secretaries of the southern provinces of Kien Giang and Soc Trang. Specifically, Deputy Minister of Construction Nguyen Thanh Nghi, alternate member of the Party Central Committee is appointed as Deputy Party Secretary of Kien Giang Province in the 2010-2015 term and Mr. Son Minh Thang, member of … [Read more...]

Vietnam’s civil society continues to push for legalized prostitution


Hunger puts girls on the streets, where they become 'criminals' offered no protection by the law, activists say Sex workers look for customers on a street in downtown Ho Chi Minh City. Activists and experts say the only way Vietnam will be able to manage the issue and better protect sex workers is by establishing safe and legal red-light areas. Photo by Nghia Pham Thanh, a sex worker in Ho Chi Minh City, says that women in her trade have no protection against beatings and gang-rape, all … [Read more...]

Free condoms for all hotels in Ho Chi Minh City

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VietNamNet Bridge - To prevent the spread of HIV/AIDS, Ho Chi Minh City authorities will provide free condoms in all hotel rooms in the city. According to Mr. Le Van Quy, Deputy Chief of the HCM City Social Evils Prevention Department, this program is suggested by the HCMC AIDS Prevention Committee in order to reduce the rate of HIV transmission through sexual contact in the city in 2013. The HCM City People's Committee has agreed to expand the "100% condom program" in all hotels to increase … [Read more...]

5,861 businesses suspected with prostitution

Disguised restaurants in Quat Lam, Nam Dinh, where prostitution is rampant.

VietNamNet Bridge - On January 29, the Department of Social Evil Prevention of the Ministry of Labor, Invalids and Social Affairs said that there are about 30,000 prostitutes and 171,400 drug addicts in Vietnam. HCM City wants to gather sensitive services into one zone to prevent prostitutionMale and gay prostitution is increasing Prostitutes and drug addicts seem to be younger and the above social evils are increasingly complexly. In 2012, the country had to spend over VND70 billion ($3.5 … [Read more...]

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...]

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...]

Hanoi’s biggest dance club shut down

Next Top Club

Hanoi authorities have just decided to shut down the Next Top Club, the biggest club in Hanoi, after uncovering various violations. According to Social Evil Prevention and Control Board of the Hanoi Department of Labour, Invalids and Social Affairs, recently, a task force of the municipal police made an unannounced check on Next Top Club, discovered a number of violations. The club has not yet conducted periodical health examinations for the staff or provided social insurance for those who … [Read more...]

Former drug users turn their lives around

Former drug users are trained in embroidery at a workshop at the Phu Van Rehabilitation Centre in HCM City. Thousands of former drug users like No have been helped to reintegrate with society through the city's rehab programmes. — VNA/VNS Photo The Anh

by Gia Loc HCM CITY (VNS)— Nguyen Thi No was once a drug addict with little reason to live except for her next hit. But with the help of a local rehab programme, the 36-year-old is now working as a painter and stenciller for house interiors. "I feel very satisfied with my life now," she said. As an addict, No said she often couldn't think clearly. "Everyone around me, including my relatives, thought that my life would end with drugs, and there would be no hope for me," she said. "It … [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...]

Forced rehabilitation not sexy anymore

Vo Thi My Xuan, a Mekong Delta beauty pageant winner, seen in this file photo, was arrested in June for allegedly running a high-priced prostitution ring.

Experts welcome scrapping of old regulation, say time to legalize prostitution Phong used to hang around a café in Tan Binh District well known as a hub for MSM (men who have sex with men). He would meet customers there, negotiate a deal and drive to a nearby hotel. "The café is an intermediate place to avoid police raids that always end up with sex workers being sent to rehabilitation centers," said the 37-year-old man, who had migrated to the city from the Mekong Delta and got involved … [Read more...]

New law only complicates issues around sex workers

Despite big efforts, local authorities have still failed to strike at the root of the prostitution

Many localities in Vietnam are facing more difficulties in the punishment of prostitutes since sex workers are no longer taken into education centres after arrest, as was the case before newly-approved regulations. According to the Law on Handling Administrative Violations, which will take effect on July 1 this year, sex workers will be fined, instead of being sent to education centres after their arrests. These regulations are designed to improve access for sex workers to social services … [Read more...]

Hanoi, HCM City see spike in HIV-infected male sex workers

The average HIV infection rate among the gay population last year was reported at 2.3% with HCM City and Hanoi witnessing the sharpest rise

Hanoi and HCM City have been witnessing a boom in the number of male sex workers, and now have the highest rate of HIV-infected male sex workers in the country. By the end of May this year, the number of new HIV carriers in Vietnam reached 213,400. Of the total cases of HIV-AIDS in the country, 63,400 are still living, while there have been around 65,000 AIDS-related deaths so far, according to the latest report from the Ministry of Health. The HIV/AIDS epidemic has spread to 63 cities and … [Read more...]