Two women interns in a district court in Ho Chi Minh City have lodged a complaint of sexual harassment against their mentoring judge.
They said the judge harassed them many times during the training between April and June this year, even suggesting that they should have sex with him in exchange for good internship results.
The complaint with audio tapes have been sent to the Binh Thanh District People’s Court, where they did their internship, the Ho Chi Minh City People’s Court and the city authorities.
A Binh Thanh court source said the judge, identified only as Hung, has admitted to having used “inappropriate words and acts” towards the students, but said it only happened when they had drinks after office hours.
Ca Mau Province in the Mekong Delta is also having to deal with a sexual harassment case against a deputy head of the culture department.
The department said it has asked the official, Tuan, for an explanation after a woman cleaner accused him of deliberately touching her “private parts” while stretching his arm to get his cell phone.
She also provided a video of his act, which happened half a year ago.
Tuan told the local media that the cleaner was framing him because he often criticized her work.
She has quit.
Around 1,000 sexual assaults are reported each year in Vietnam, where surveys found girls and women are regularly victims of sexual harassment in public places and the workplace.
A government report in 2012 showed that most of the victims of sexual harassment in the country are female workers aged between 18 and 30. Many choose to keep silent out of shame and the fear of losing their job.
The country developed its first code of conduct on workplace sexual harassment last year with support from the International Labor Organization.