She had barely entered puberty when she was raped by a much older Chinese man who purchased her from a Vietnamese trafficker. And N is one of the lucky ones. She is one of two Vietnamese women freed from captivity in China last month. The two women are among many who are tricked, sold and trapped as "wives" to strangers in China every year. Born in 2003, N is a native of Bac Lieu Province in Vietnam’s Mekong Delta. N’s father abandoned her and her mother when she was a small child. Her mother suffered and became mentally unstable. Stuck in such a situation exacerbated by poverty, N soon dropped out of school. When she was 11, a woman in her neighborhood suggested that she goes to work in China and earn money to help herself and her mother. N agreed without a second thought. In a familiar, tragic story, she was trafficked to China and sold to a much older Chinese man. She kept trying to escape, and once, when she succeeded, she fell into the arms of another trafficking ring … [Read more...] about How two Vietnamese women trafficked to China returned home
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The Hanoitimes - The sanctions leave direct impact on North Korean economy shown through a sharp decline in exports last year. What are visions for the denuclearization after second no-deal summit? The failure of the second Trump-Kim summit in Hanoi suggests sanctions remain a big issue between the US and North Korea, foreign media quoted international experts as saying. The UN Security Council votes to adopt a resolution imposing sanctions against North Korea. Photo: Getty Images North Korean nuclear negotiator Kim Yong Chol told Secretary of State Mike Pompeo in May 2018 that Pyongyang’s shift away from weapons was “not a result of sanctions that have been imposed from outside.” But in July 2018, Seoul-based Bank of Korea estimated the North Korean economy had seen its biggest decline in two decades, with the country’s real annual gross domestic product (GDP) falling by 3.5% in 2017 while exports declined 37.2% in 2017 alone. … [Read more...] about How much do US-led sanctions hurt North Korea economy?
A family in Ha Tinh Province is calling for financial support to help treat their son who is suffering from kidney failure. Vo Ta Cuong has had to go to hospital three times a week since he was in 8th grade Vo Ta Cuong, born in 1990, has had to go to hospital three times a week since he was in 8th grade. It costs Cuong VND200,000 (USD8.60) each time he goes to the hospital despite having health insurance. Dr Tran Dinh Trong from Ha Tinh General Hospital, said, "Cuong is in the last stage of kidney failure. Without regular treatment, his life will be at risk. He needs rest but because of poverty, he has to work to earn money for the treatment." When Cuong was in good health, he used to cycle to save money and only used his motorbike when he didn't feel well enough. "I have many siblings but most of them don't have stable jobs so life is hard. When it's dry, I can earn VND100,000 a day but if it's rain, my daily income dropped to VND30,000-VND50,000. I can't do anything else … [Read more...] about Young man polishes shoes for 10 years to have money for treatment
Thanh My Loi Ward in District 2 near the HCMC center still has a vast unharvested rice field. These pieces of land have been designated for construction projects. As there is no sign construction will take place soon people cultivate rice on the sites. "My family has two hectares of land and has grown rice for several generations," Phan Van Sau, 64, a local resident, said. The Lunar New Year holiday, or Tet, is just around the corner. The plants are ripe, Sau hires some farm workers for the harvest because his family does not have enough hands. The workers are all from the Mekong Delta and are in HCMC just to earn some extra income for Tet which will last from February 4 to 10. Harvesting rice is mainly done by machines. But the machines cannot reach the crops along the edge of the field, so the workers have to cut them by hand. Dexterously harvesting the crops with a sickle and putting them in a pile nearby, Thach Thi Hanh, 34, an ethnic Khmer, says she has done this since … [Read more...] about How some Mekong Delta farm workers earn extra cash for Tet.
Face painting for Halloween has become increasingly popular in Vietnam. Nguyen Thi Ngan in Hanoi’s Ha Dong District who has six years of experience doing Halloween makeup and special effects said it offers her a good opportunity to earn money. Face painting for Halloween has become increasingly popular in Vietnam Her group has five members who have done this since they were students. Ngan herself is a pre-school teacher and every Halloween, she works from 5 pm. Sometimes, she even has to work until mid-night due to the high number of people. Ngan said that at the peak time, she can earn up to VND10 million (USD454.54) a day as she can serve around 20 customers. The face painting service has different levels of difficulty. Children often need simple decorations, while young people require more complicated options. The face painting service has different levels of difficulty This year, people tend to choose witches, dolls Annabelle or vampires. The prices for these … [Read more...] about Big earnings for Halloween makeup services