Vietnam, UK cooperate in preventing and combating human trafficking

Wednesday, 17/08/2022 15:43
In the coming time, Vietnam and the UK need to continue to work together on many contents in preventing and combating human trafficking, including perfecting policies and laws; strengthening infrastructure construction; expanding more models to prevent human trafficking and support victims of trafficking; and sharing information.
At the meeting (Photo: NDO) 

On August 16, in Hanoi, Deputy Minister of Labour, Invalids and Social Affairs (MOLISA) Nguyen Van Hoi had a meeting with Permanent Secretary at the UK’s Home Office Matthew Rycroft on preventing and combating human trafficking between two countries.

The two sides focused on discussing cooperation in human trafficking prevention and control, and looking towards the 50th anniversary of diplomatic relations between the two countries (1973-2023).

Speaking at the meeting, Deputy Minister Nguyen Van Hoi highly appreciated the cooperation between Vietnam and the UK, especially in the fight against human trafficking in Vietnam as well as around the world.

He said that, in order to prevent human trafficking more strongly, Vietnam has issued the Program on preventing and combating human trafficking for the period of 2021-2025 and orientation to 2030, expecting to eliminate human trafficking by many comprehensive and synchronous measures in terms of international cooperation, communication, the ability to receive and handle cases, and support victims. Besides, human trafficking in Vietnam mostly occurs in the border areas with China and Cambodia. Victims can even be transported to Europe or Australia, making containment work require cooperation from many countries.

At the meeting, Permanent Secretary at the UK’s Home Office Matthew Rycroft expressed his belief that migration and immigration would be the focus of cooperation between the two countries in the future, in which human trafficking is a painful issue that needs to be fought and prevented.

He emphasized the need for communication, promoting the prevention of human trafficking from the initial stage, raising people's awareness to help them avoid becoming a victim of transnational trafficking. Moreover, the two countries also need to strengthen the detection, prosecution and handling of human trafficking crimes as well as measures to support victims of trafficking.

In the coming time, the Ministry of Labor, Invalids and Social Affairs calls for and wishes to continue strengthening cooperation with relevant agencies on many fronts, especially with the UK.

Mr. Matthew Rycroft proposed continuing to sponsor, support and expand more projects and programs related to human trafficking prevention and combat in Vietnam under the management of the Ministry of Labour, Invalids and Social Affairs in the next three years, adding that this action demonstrates the UK's great effort to stop illegal human trafficking worldwide./.

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