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Hanoi (VNA) – An international seminar on sharing New Zealand’s experience in prostitution management was held in Hanoi on September 22.

Jointly organisedby the Ministry of Labour- Invalids and Social Affairs (MOLISA) and the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA), the event aimed at provide a new approach to prostitution issue to ensure civil rights of sex workerstowardsthe effective prostitution management in Vietnam.

Jan Logie, a member of New Zealand’s House of Representatives, Green Party, briefedparticipants on her country’sProstitution Reform Act 2003,which decriminalises prostitution and creates a framework safeguardingsex workers’ human rights and protects them from exploitation.

According to data from MOLISA, prostitution and related crimes in Vietnam were complicated in the first eight months of 2016. The country has over 126,000 businesses providing “sensitive” services with 100,000 female employees.

There are over 700 prostitution hotbeds in the country, mainly in Hanoi, HaiPhong, Nam Dinh, Nghe An, Dong Nai, Khanh Hoa and HCM City.

MOLISA is building a draft law on sex work. It is expected that the new law will apply innovative and human rights centered approaches for effectively dealing with the sex work situation in the country. The bill is expected to be submitted to the National Assembly for approval in 2018.-VNA