Human trafficking has increased in Vietnam in the last decade, the Police General Department for Crime Prevention and Suppression said in a report it filed at a conference on combating trafficking last Friday.
More than 3,000 trafficking attempts have been busted since 2003, compared to only 1,700 in the previous eight years, Vietnam News Agency quoted the report as saying.
In 2012 alone they foiled 437 attempts to traffic women, rescuing around 1,200 would-be victims and arresting 700 people.
The crime hot spots are provinces on the China border like Ha Giang, Lao Cai, Lang Son, and Quang Ninh, which account for more than 60 percent of the cases.
Most of the victims are women from the northern regions. Traffickers lure them abroad with promises of jobs and then force them into prostitution or marriage with foreign men in remote areas.
At the conference, the Ministry of Internal Security -- which organized it -- said its main mission in the next few years is to raise people’s awareness about human trafficking and prevent it.
It said there would be increased surveillance near the borders with China, Laos, and Cambodia.
It called on relevant authorities to sign bilateral and multilateral pacts with other countries to prevent human trafficking.
The conference was held in Hanoi.
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