The Vietnamese government has just adopted four projects on combating trafficking of children and women in the 2005-2010 period, local newspaper New Hanoi reported Monday.
The projects focus on four areas, namely, strengthening propaganda and education on preventing children and women trafficking in the community, intensifying fights against human trafficking, building up legal documents on the issue, and giving stronger support to victims.
The projects will be conducted in two phases, the first from 2005 to 2007, and the second between 2008 to 2010.
Tens of thousands of Vietnamese women and children have been trafficked abroad, mainly for disadvantaged marriage, child adoption, and labor and sex slavery, over the past decade, according to Vietnam`s Ministry of Public Security.
Some 500 local women and children are annually trafficked to some neighboring countries, especially Cambodia, to work as prostitutes or slaves.
In the 1991-2004 period, Vietnamese police, on average, have uncovered 180 cases of trafficking women and children and arrested 300 traffickers a year. In 2003 alone, 1,758 Vietnamese women and children were trafficked abroad, the ministry said. Enditem
HANOI, 12.05.2005, China View