Vietnamese workers illegally sent to Angola

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The dream of being sent to work in Angola continues to hold sway in rural Vietnam despite the recent cases of three Vietnamese workers being murdered there.

A labor broker in the north-central province of Nghe An, identified only as K., said he could help any local with procedures to be sent to Angola to work, although there is currently no labor firm in Vietnam which has the function to send workers to the African country.

"You can trust me. We will help with all procedures. All you need to do is pay US$2,500 and the rest will be collected when you have your flight schedule," he said.

He said he would help the workers forge false Chinese or Thai documents in order to legalize the procedures because Vietnam currently does not export labor to Angola.

A resident of Ky Khang Commune in Ha Tinh Province's Ky Anh District said his son had gone to Angola to work three months ago and had already remitted more than $2,000 to help the family back home.

"Three of my nephews are applying for documents and are about to fly [to Angola] soon. Working as construction workers could help them earn a lot of money, at least $1,000 a month," he said, adding that total fees to be paid per person for a job in the African country was $6,500.

Nguyen Kien Quyet, head of the Ky Anh District's Labor, War Invalids and Social Affairs agency, said around 400 people in the district were working in Angola and local authorities have not been able to manage the issue.

Pham Tien Nhien, Vietnamese Ambassador to Angola, estimated around 5,000 Vietnamese workers were working in Angola.

He admitted many Vietnamese had stayed to work illegally in the African country after entering under tourism visas or labor visas to some other country.

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