The Ministry of Public Security has stepped up cooperation with its Laotian and Cambodian counterparts to tackle cross-border human trafficking, which has affected thousands of Vietnamese women.
Officials from the three countries signed a memorandum of understanding to exchange information and experience in tackling trafficking at a conference in Ho Chi Minh City Thursday.
According to Major General Ho Si Tien of the Ministry of Public Security, most victims of trafficking to Laos and Cambodia were from central and southern provinces.
“The victims, mostly women and children, are forced into prostitution at facilities disguised as barber shops and massage parlors or into slave labor.”
The transnational criminals are well organized, and lure victims and sell them, he said.
Le Tien Nam of the Nghe An Province police said many victims later join the trafficking racket.
“They are well aware of all the tricks and collude with the same criminals who lured them.
“They often take away victims’ identity papers, money and belongings to prevent them from escaping. They also used fake papers to avoid police detection.”
The police released a report on a campaign in July-September 2015 in which they busted 22 cases of human trafficking, rescuing 40 victims and arresting 43 people.
They are monitoring 235 people suspected of involvement in cross-border trafficking.