Viet Nam: Packaging prevention and protection

How a comprehensive programme mitigates vulnerabilities to trafficking at source and destination points.

The Vietnamese economy has been booming, which has ignited new relationships between Vietnamese citizens and foreigners as well as the migration of mobile workers to cities where industrial zones have multiplied. The new trends have improved the lives of many Vietnamese but have also led to more favourable conditions for human trafficking and labour exploitation. Most victims of trafficking in Viet Nam involve women and children from rural areas, primarily those with a limited education and those lacking opportunities to access employment and protective information. When the ILO-TICW began in 2000, the term “human trafficking” was a new issue for policy makers in Viet Nam to consider and there was not a National Plan of Action on Combating Trafficking. In addition, the capacity of related agencies and their staff on prevention of trafficking was also limited.