Viet Nam: Trade unions against trafficking

How a trade union in Viet Nam is protecting young migrants from exploitation and trafficking.

After shifting its Mekong Sub-regional Project to Combat Trafficking in Children and Women (ILO-TICW) to a labour policy perspective, the International Labour Organization wanted to include activities that targeted destination areas for migrants in many sectors. The project’s first phase in Viet Nam had concentrated on sending areas and young women trafficked across borders for sexual exploitation. But with one in three current inhabitants, or about 2 million people, of Ho Chi Minh City alone having arrived from elsewhere in the country, educating them on their rights and alerting them to dangers seemed a compelling need.

For the second phase, the ILO-TICW project staff wanted to maximize ILO’s comparative advantage of partnership with workers’ organizations and involve them in the anti-trafficking work.