Sixty-six women who were victims of sexual abuse in nine Mekong delta provinces have been assisted to reintegrate into the community under the second phase of the 2.2 billion VND project funded by the Anti-Trafficking Alliance (AAT).

Under the project, which was jointly implemented by the Vietnam Women’s Union (VWU) Central Committee and the Can Tho Women’s Association from June 2008 to May 2011, a centre to assist trafficked women was set up to provide services to help the victims in mental and physical rehabilitation, vocational training and job generation.

The project has extended assistance to almost 70 victims who were trafficked abroad and provided 54 million VND to help 39 out of 66 victims become established in animal breeding and conduct small businesses to stabilise their lives.

At a ceremony held in the Mekong delta city of Can Tho, to review the second phase of the project, VWU Vice President Tran Thanh Binh committed to continue collaborating with Can Tho City and Mekong delta provinces to increase the fight against this social evil and expand effective models to help victims.

Under the third phase of the project from June 1, 2011 until May 31, 2014, the centre was expected to help another 60 victims in the region./.