Trafficking in Vietnam
Vietnam is one of the fastest developing and urbanizing economies in Southeast Asia. Although Vietnam’s gross domestic product is growing and incomes are increasing among the middle class and the poor, much needs to be done to improve services to the most vulnerable. Urban poverty is rising among local migrants, creating underserved populations in which women and children have become the most to human trafficking and modern slavery.
Vietnam is a hot spot of human trafficking according to the Ministry of Public Security. Since 2013, the country has identified more than 3,500 victims, most of whom are women, children, and people from ethnic minority communities. Some are trafficked internationally, including to China; 80 percent of those trafficked to China are women and children.
Our Solutions in Vietnam
Skills Training and Livelihoods
We are partnering with local organizations to conduct skills and livelihood training to women who are survivors of human trafficking. We help them get back on track by building their skills and capabilities to become highly employable and entrepreneurial.
Community Education and Safeguarding
We have identified hot spot provinces and communities which need safeguarding against traffickers. We work with local organizations and communities to identify trigger points of trafficking and work with them in addressing the issues of poverty and policy.
We work with local organizations and agencies to empower alliances and enable sharing of knowledge, expertise, and resources. We work with organizations to bring forward the discussion of human trafficking of Vietnam to wider platform and participation of more local and international players.
Our Partners in Vietnam
- HopeBox: HopeBox a social enterprise established in March 2018 in Hanoi, that offers training and employment placement for women who have been victims of gender-based violence, modern slavery, and human trafficking so they can be financially independent in the future.
- Hagar International: Hagar was founded in 1994 in response to the prevalence of extreme domestic and community violence affecting women and children in post-civil war Cambodia. In 2009, Hagar established an office in Vietnam to care for women who were affected by the growing magnitude of exploitation and abuse.
- Blue Dragon Children’s Foundation: Blue Dragon Children’s Foundation is a non-governmental organization based in Hanoi. Its mission is to help women and children escape from crisis by offering a range of services including rescue from sex trafficking, forced labor, and modern slavery and the providing of shelter, education and employment.
- Counter Trafficking Network of Vietnam: A network composed of different organizations actively exchanged information of current activities and discussed and shared ideas about joint programs, supporting victims of trafficking, and combating against trafficking from national level to local one.
- Pacific Links Foundation: This foundation has 20+ years of experience in empowering women and youth. We empower women and youth through improving life skills, raising self-awareness, bringing new knowledge, and opening opportunities and support networks. Our Education portfolio empowers disadvantaged youth to access education and increase economic opportunities. Our Modern Slavery Prevention portfolio invests comprehensively in at-risk youths to prevent trafficking and in survivors to help them build new lives.
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