Officials in the southern province of An Giang, one of human trafficking hotspots, learned necessary skills during a training course on July 10-11 to fight the scourge.

Bordering Cambodia along a line of 96.6km, An Giang boasts a vast system of waterway and roads, two international border gates and national ones, which make it easier for smugglers and their victims to cross the border.

Since 2011, the province has received and offered assistance to 23 victims coming back from China, Cambodia and Malaysia, most of them poor and lured with promises of high-paying jobs overseas, and then end up in brothels or slave factories.

As a joint effort between the Japan International Cooperation Agency and provincial social groups, a free hotline 18008077 is now available to handle all relevant cases, including judicial assistance and mental care for the victims.-VNA