0526 GMT February 21, 2020
Human traffickers took people from markets and schools, and used Facebook and a Vietnamese messaging app to befriend victims before selling them or smuggling them abroad, the Ministry of Public Security said in a statement, Reuters reported.
Seventy-five percent of cases involved people being smuggled across the border into China, it added.
“Human trafficking has been taking place across the country, not just in remote and mountainous areas,” Le Thi Nga, the head of Vietnam’s National Assembly’s justice department, told a hearing on the problem on Thursday.
The National Assembly is reviewing its anti-human trafficking law, introduced in 2012.
Nga said enforcement of the law had faced ‘difficulties and shortcomings’ and urged legislators to introduce more comprehensive guidelines.
The Ministry of Public Security said police had launched investigations into 1,021 human trafficking cases and arrested 2,035 people in the 2012-2017 period.
A total of 3,090 people had been victims of human trafficking during that time, it added, of whom 90 percent were women and children from ethnic minorities living in remote, mountainous areas.
Vietnam should “reduce poverty, eradicate illiteracy, provide vocational training and create jobs for people — especially for the ethnic minorities”, to help address the problem, the Vietnamese ministry said.