Fines against sex workers are not enough to fight prostitution, a senior police officer in Hanoi said, adding that the city will take stronger measures to monitor them.
Le Huy, deputy chief of the city's crime division, said police have identified more than 2,000 sex workers and imposed fines against them.
He said police officers will work with relevant agencies to create a system to keep track of these sex workers.
In mid-2013, Vietnam revoked a regulation that forced sex workers into compulsory rehabilitation.
Prostitution, however, is still considered a “social evil” and sex workers are subjected to fines of up to VND300,000 (US$13). Sex procurement is a criminal crime.
Huy said the fine is lenient. “Prostitution has become more complicated with new ploys, including online advertisements on social networks like Facebook and Zalo,” he said.
Commenting on a proposal to set up a “red light” district, Huy said sex work is illegal in Vietnam.
“It takes time and requires more research to consider the issue,” he said.