Sunday, May 26, 2013
Overseas sex tours and the ongoing Euro 2012 football championship have made cracking down on prostitution and gambling increasingly difficult, said Ho Chi Minh City police at a conference on Tuesday.
The police said a trend has emerged in which Vietnamese prostitutes travel abroad to provide the service, news website VietNamNet reported.
Early this month, HCMC police busted a major sex ring run by beauty queens and models Vo Thi My Xuan from the Mekong Delta and Thien Kim from the city, which paired Vietnamese prostitutes and clients for three-day sex tours to Singapore at a cost of US$25,000.
The ring has exposed the city's sex industry as “sophisticated” and “complicated,” according to a police statement at the conference.
It said prostitutes have both gone abroad looking for customers and brought wealthy Vietnamese men with them.
So far this year, the city police have busted 43 prostitution operations, sending 46 prostitutes to rehabilitation and counseling centers.
The gambling situation is complex as well, said the police who have seized more than VND2.6 billion ($124,550) and nearly $3,500 in cash from 857 raids.
The police said more gambling activity is being conducted via phone calls and online which are difficult to trace and have made it tough for police to gather evidence or catch perpetrators red-handed.
They said they would work hard to control football gambling during the Euro 2012.
In related news, police at the conference said they have seized nearly 20 kilograms of heroin in different forms this year and that cases of drug trafficking are down five percent from the same period last year.
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AAT Reg. Thai prevention actions enable women and minors to keep safe from sexual exploitation and trafficking and encourage victims to leave prostitution. Prevention actions are implemented in several ways: We set up systems in communities at risk to prevent vulnerable women and minors from being trafficked and to be able to protect themselves. We detect missing persons and potential victims for protection on their transit stage before reaching their final destination. We disseminate information in strategic places on trafficking and self protection. We encourage and provide new alternatives to the most vulnerable groups of people and the victims themselves.
The program targets women and minors in general, the ones living in communities at risk such as cross border areas, the most vulnerable ones such as stateless persons, or former victims as well as the ones already involved in prostitution. More / Results
We develop techniques to find and protect victims with law enforcement agencies or other relevant agencies. We also participate to develop protection mechanisms to: strengthen the victim identification process, encourage cross-border victim’s protection, and to support embassies to protect their citizens.
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After been protected from situations of exploitation, AAT Reg. Thai assists victims until their return home. We assist them to access their rights and prepare them for safe return and community reintegration.
We identify the ones kept in detention centers who do not have access to protection and transfer them to adapted centers.
In adapted centers, we provide them with legal support to receive compensations. We also provide them assistance to recover from their mental and physical problems. We then assist them to prepare for their future and build their capacity for community actions. Finally, we prepare them for the different steps of repatriation. More / Results
The role of AAT Reg. Thai is to organize and facilitate repatriation to be safe and convenient for women and minors. AAT Reg. Thai works with both the origin and destination country on preparation, coordination and reception. Our role is to speed up the process, to work in order that victims will be well treated and not be re-trafficked at their arrival. It is also to make sure that their confidentiality will be respected and that they will not be persecuted.
AAT Reg. Thai participates to develop repatriation mechanisms between origin and destination countries and support embassies and relevant agencies for repatriation. AAT Reg. Thai follows up with them just after their return. More / Results