- Posted July 12, 2012 by
Viet Women forced into Prostitution & Slavery
Vietnam is a source and, to a lesser extent, a destination country for men, women, and children subjected to sex trafficking and conditions of forced labor.
Vietnamese men, women, and girls are trafficked for sexual and labor exploitation in Taiwan, Malaysia, South Korea, Laos, the United Arab Emirates, Japan, China, Thailand, Saudi Arabia, Libya, Indonesia, the United Kingdom, the Czech Republic, Cyprus, Sweden, Trinidad and Tobago, Costa Rica, Russia, and elsewhere in the Middle East. In both sex trafficking and labor trafficking, debt bondage, confiscation of identity and travel documents, and threats of deportation are commonly utilized to intimidate victims.
Vietnamese women and children, found to be subjected to forced prostitution are often misled by fraudulent labor opportunities and then sold to brothels on the borders of Cambodia, China, and Laos, with some eventually sent to third countries, including Thailand, Malaysia, Singapore, and in Europe. Some Vietnamese women are recruited through fraudulent marriages where upon moving to China, Taiwan, Hong Kong, Macau, and increasingly to South Korea, are subsequently subjected to conditions of forced labor (including as domestic servants), forced prostitution, or both.
There are reports of labor and sex trafficking of Vietnamese, particularly women and girls, from poor, rural provinces to urban areas, including Hanoi, Ho Chi Minh City, and newly developed urban zones, such as Binh Duong. While some individuals migrate willingly, they may be subsequently sold into forced labor or commercial sexual exploitation.
Trafficking of children within the country remains a problem for both commercial sexual exploitation and forced street hawking and begging in major urban centers; though some sources report the problem is less severe than in years past. Some Vietnamese children are victims of forced and bonded labor in urban family-run house factories and gold mines.
There continues to be evidence of forced labor in drug treatment centers in which drug offenders are required to perform low-skilled labor and are punished through beatings and other physical abuse when they do not meet work quotas. The government self-reported that more than 33,000 drug users were living in these forced detoxification labor camps in 2010. The overwhelming majority of these individuals were administratively sentenced to two years without judicial review.