Better policies and more awareness campaigns on the sex trade crackdown are needed, said the participants of a seminar in the northern province of Quang Ninh on February 25.

Prostitution in Vietnam has been getting more sophisticated, with some marketing themselves both at home and abroad on the Internet. The number of sex workers in the country is estimated to be 32,700, up 9.3 percent from 2012, largely in the Red River and Mekong Deltas, the north central and south-eastern regions.

Some suggested revoking the licences of karaoke or lodging facilities that involve in sex trade.

They also called for the involvement of non-governmental and other social organisations along the way, making it easier for prostitutes to integrate back into the community after their rehabilitation.

For the past time, pilot models to help sex workers better access social services have proved successful and inter-sectoral coordination in the fight has been reinforced.

The event was hosted by the National Committee on AIDS Prevention, Drug and Prostitution Control.-VNA