The End Trafficking in Persons programme (ETIP) implemented by northern mountainous Yen Bai province and the World Vision International – Vietnam (WVV) has proved fruitful over the past years.

Reports at a recent workshop in Yen Bai said the ETIP, carried out under a cooperation agreement inked by the province and the WVV in 2012, has opened six training courses to equip local officials and trafficked victims with anti-human trafficking knowledge.

Communication campaigns to raise public awareness about human trafficking were organised with more than 1,000 participants.

The programme has also offered assistance to help victims stabilise their life. Notably, 12 people have received financial aids worth nearly 140 million VND (6,500 USD) in total.

A focus of the workshop was training for the programme’s local partners in how to maintain related activities after WVV experts concluded their work in the programme.

Yen Bai is a hot spot of cross-border human trafficking. It has recorded 45 trafficking cases involving 87 traffickers and 71 victims since 2011.

The World Vision’s ETIP is implemented in the Greater Mekong Sub-region, which comprises six countries connected by the Mekong River, namely China, Myanmar, Laos, Thailand, Cambodia, and Vietnam.-VNA