Gov't approves plan to enforce ASEAN Convention Against Trafficking in Persons

December 04, 2020 8:56 AM GMT+7

VGP – Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc has approved a plan on implementation of the ASEAN Convention Against Trafficking in Persons, Especially Women and Children (ACTIP).

The plan defines specific obligations of levels, sectors, and localities in the implementation of the Convention, contributing to raising the efficiency of the fight against organized transnational human trafficking and relevant crime.

The plan also figures out roadmap for designing appropriate legislation in accordance with the ACTIP and the country's Constitution and laws.

The relevant ministries and agencies shall have to disseminate the contents of the Convention, accelerate proper identification, protection and support for victims of trafficking, and strengthen international cooperation in combatting human trafficking.

The relevant ministries and agencies shall design and effectively implement regulations for the rescue, protection, recovery, repatriation, and reintegration of the victims into the community.

Viet Nam is a human trafficking hotspot with the crime generating tens of billions of dollars annually, according to the Ministry of Public Security. Some Vietnamese women are also misled by fraudulent employment opportunities and sold to brothel operators on the borders of mainland China, Cambodia, Laos, and elsewhere in Asia, including Malaysia, the RoK, Singapore, Taiwan, and Thailand.

The country has recorded over 3,400 victims of human trafficking since 2013, over 90% of them women, children and people from ethnic minority communities.

In the first half of 2020, the country reported 60 human trafficking cases of with 90 victims, mainly women and children. This marked a year-on-year drop of 31% in the number of cases and 37% in the number of victims./.

By Kim Anh