August 3, 2017
On July 26 and in conjunction with the World Day against Trafficking in Persons on July 30, the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) signed a Record of Discussions with the Government of the Socialist Republic of Vietnam in Hanoi for the Project for Strengthening the Operation of Hotline for Counseling and Supporting Trafficked Survivors, a technical cooperation project.
The project will provide regional call centers for anti-human trafficking hotlines, strengthen the partnership between agencies working at the central, provincial and municipal levels, and support improved awareness among people of the anti-human trafficking hotlines throughout the country.
Although economic development has progressed in Vietnam since the introduction of the market economy through Doi Moi, the disparity between rural and urban regions is expanding. There has been an increase in the movement of people within Vietnam and to other countries in search of better economic conditions, and this increase has been accompanied by a severe rise in human trafficking. Given these conditions, JICA dispatched an “anti-human trafficking advisor” from 2009 to 2011, and after studies and analysis of the conditions of human trafficking and countermeasures, it was found that the problem of human trafficking was worsening with the rise in emigration from Vietnam for the purposes of work and international marriage. It was also found that while there was a rising need for counseling and for information specifically focused on human trafficking, the government was unable to provide inclusive services.
Building on that study, JICA carried out the Project for the Establishment of Anti-Trafficking in Persons Hotline in Viet Nam from 2012 to 2016, expanded the functions of the hotline under operation by the Ministry of Labour, Invalids and Social Affairs since 2004 for children, and supported the establishment and operation of a call center with the objectives of preventing human trafficking and supporting victims. The present project will further expand the anti-human trafficking hotline that began operation under the earlier project, extend it to the entire country, and strengthen the partnership and system for sharing information between agencies involved in anti-human trafficking measures to save victims and protect people.
In addition to this project, JICA is carrying out technical cooperation projects related to anti-human trafficking measures in Thailand and Myanmar, inviting officials involved in fighting human trafficking in ASEAN countries for training to promote cooperation in fighting human trafficking, and carrying out other measures to continue contributing to a solution to the problem of human trafficking including in developing countries.
|Country||Socialist Republic of Vietnam|
|Project title||The Project for Strengthening the Operation of Hotline for Counseling and Supporting Trafficked Survivors|
|Planned implementation period||November 2017 to November 2020|
|Executing agency||Ministry of Labour, Invalids and Social Affairs|
|Target region, facilities||Throughout Vietnam|
|Specific project details (provisional)||Strengthening the partnership and sharing of information between anti-human trafficking agencies at the central, provincial and municipal levels, providing regional call centers with human trafficking hotlines in Hanoi (north region), An Giang Province (south region) and Da Nang (central region), and improving the awareness level among people of the anti-human trafficking hotlines throughout the country|