In the past seven years, the Peace House Shelter in the capital city has taken in about 300 female victims of human trafficking.

The Spanish government and the Vietnam Women's Union in the Centre for Women and Development created the shelter in 2007.

It focuses on supporting survivors of human trafficking and preventing further trafficking crimes. Women residents are provided accommodation, meals and vocational training.

The project raises awareness about the underlying causes and consequences of human trafficking, and promotes self-defence skills among vulnerable groups in high-risk provinces, said Alfonso Tena, Spanish Ambassador to Vietnam, at a ceremony in Hanoi on November 27.

The event marked the end of Spain's technical and financial support. From now on, the Centre for Women will manage the shelter, probably with help from the Government.

Nguyen Thi Kim Thuy, Deputy Chairwoman of the Vietnam Women's Union, said the Centre for Women and Development was committed to fighting gender-based violence and human trafficking.

In the first six months of the year, police dealt with more than 300 cases of human trafficking, an increase of 42 cases for the same period last year, according to the Ministry of Public Security's Criminal Police Department.

More than 600 victims were rescued, a 55-person increase on last year.-VNA