Vietnam children face increased threat of sex abuse

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In Vietnam, 1,000 children are sexually abused each year and the situation has been worsening over the years, the Ministry of Labor, War Invalids and Social Affairs says in a recent report.

There are cases of gang rape, rape of children under five, rape and murder, and parental rape, Nguyen Hai Huu, director of the ministry's Child Protection and Care Department, told the media in Hanoi at the launch of a Month of Action for Children in June.

Nearly two-thirds of the 1,000 cases involve rape, with street children and school dropouts bearing the worst sufferers.

Violence against children, including at home, also seems to be on the rise statistics are patchy - with 3,000-4,000 cases now reported annually.

The ministry has launched the Month of Action for Children to improve awareness of protecting children to ensure their full physical and mental development.

There will be campaigns to help disadvantaged and poor children, those living in remote areas, and those facing high risk of abuse and violence.

On May 16 the Ministry of Public Security held a conference in the Mekong Delta city of Can Tho to review a five-year-old campaign against criminals targeting children and teen crime.

According to a report released at the conference, police found more than 7,800 cases of sexual abuse between 2006 and 2011, with 8,400 children falling prey. More than 9,600 people have been arrested.

The largest number of cases of sexual abuse and violence against children are reported in Hanoi, Ho Chi Minh City, Dong Nai, Dak Lak, and Kien Giang.

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