Plan International will fund research and policy making to help female sex workers integrate into the community as part of a three-year project that was launched in Hanoi on May 3.

Under the project, which was signed between the non-governmental organisation and the Ministry of Labour, War Invalids and Social Affairs (MoLISA) on the same day, a pilot model will be carried out in Hanoi with a host of activities such as consultations, vocational training and livelihood support.

The project is part of activities within the framework of the Plan of Action for Prostitution Prevention and Combat in the 2011-2015 period ratified by the Prime Minister on May 10, 2011.

Country Director of Plan International Vietnam Glenn Gibney said female sex workers in Hanoi face a broad range of difficulties and challenges in integrating into the community and seeking new jobs.

He expressed his hope that the project will create new lives for female sex workers in the capital city.

The project is expected to aid sex workers who want to integrate into the community, and serves as a background for the building and issuance of a finalised legal system, said MoLISA Deputy Minister Nguyen Trong Dam.

He urged relevant units to closely work with the organisation during the project.

Founded over 75 years ago, Plan International is one of the world’s largest child-centred community development organisation operating in 50 countries across Africa, Asia and the Americas.-VNA