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Hanoi (VNA)
- The Ministry of Public Security has directed local-level police agencies to intensify their struggle against the trading of babies.

The ministry said over the past time, human trafficking crime continues to be complicated, notably the trading of babies (bringing pregnant women to China to give birth and sell their children), while the detection and handling of authorized forces are meeting with difficulties.

The ministry requested police units and localities to focus on giving advice to the Steering Committee for the National Programme on Crime Prevention and Control (Steering Committee 138)at all levels to continue promoting the implementation of the Government’s programme on fighting human trafficking in the 2016 - 2020 period.

It asked for attention to popularising laws to the public, especially people from ethnic minority and remote areas, and regularly  updating relevant information to keep people alert.

Police units and localities have been requested to keep a close watch on the baby trading, and cross-border human trafficking rings and brokers; and strictly handle violators, especially those related to the cases in Ky Son district, the central province of Nghe An.

The police forces must pay more heed to strengthening management of the entry and exit of citizens, and coordinate with the border guard forces to patrol, control and manage border areas and border gates.

The ministry also asked relevant agencies to review and remove difficulties in handling violations concerning the trading of fetuses, and promote the implementation of the agreements on mutual legal assistance and cooperation in preventing and controlling human trafficking between Vietnam and China.-VNA