Members from the Vietnam Women’s Union chapters in the Mekong Delta met at a workshop in Can Tho city on October 1 to better their knowledge of helping trafficked women integrate back into society.

Delegates shared the view that rape and human trafficking for sex purposes have increased in the Mekong Delta in recent years. More and more women and girls are duped and forced into brothels and karaoke parlours in neighbouring countries to work as sex workers.

Some suffer psychological trauma and contract sexually-transmitted diseases, and find it difficult to gain employment when they return home due to a lack of knowledge and soft skills.

In June 2005, a centre was set up in Can Tho city to assist underprivileged women and children. It has so far taken care of 162 trafficking victims, giving them access to vocational training, general studies and healthcare. After a 15-month course, they landed new jobs and settled their lives.

During the workshop, participants learnt about the law on human trafficking prevention which took effect on January 1, 2012, and the Party and State’s policies on protecting and assisting trafficking victims.

The event was co-hosted by the municipal chapter and the Alliance Against Trafficking in Persons (AAT).

Earlier on September 18, the AT-supported project on assisting returned victims of trafficking in the northern province of Bac Giang was reviewed.

The project, started in August 2011, raised the knowledge of law and counselling skills for those who directly involved in receiving the victims.-VNA