World Day Against Trafficking in Persons 2023:
"Reach every victim of trafficking, leave no one behind"
A project for raising awareness about human trafficking by the International Organisation for Migration (IOM), in collaboration with the Ambassadors of Australia, Canada, the UK, and the US to Vietnam, recently published a video to dispel misconceptions about this crime.
The video message also featured former Miss Universe Vietnam, and Top 5 Miss Universe worldwide in 2018, H'hen Nie. The female public figure joined the Head of the IOM Delegation Park Mihyung and the four diplomats to call for more actions to protect the victims of the evil, on the occasion of the World Day Against Trafficking in Person (WDATIP) that falls on July 30.
|In the clip, ambassadors, the head of the IOM Delegation, and H’hen Nie emphasized that human trafficking happens all around us every day (Screenshot from the video).|
In the fight against human trafficking, it is important to have a correct and comprehensive awareness of the problem, as well as to look at human trafficking from different lenses and understand its impact.
The influencers also call on the public to take the matter to individuals, recognize the signs, and notify authorities if someone witnesses others or finds themselves in danger, reported Vietnamplus.
Earlier this month, in Hanoi, a public event to observe WDATIP was held by the Viet Nam Ministry of Labor, Invalids and Social Affairs (MoLISA) in collaboration with the British Embassy at the University of Labor and Social Affairs. Deputy Minister of Labour, Invalids and Social Affairs Nguyen Van Hoi, UK Ambassador to Vietnam Iain Frew, and Miss H'Hen Nie were at the event. There were also 400 participants, including guests of MoLISA, diplomat officers, agencies and organizations of related fields, and many young people. They brought a very lively atmosphere and engaged throughout the event.
|A public event to observe WDATIP was held by the Viet Nam Ministry of Labor, Invalids and Social Affairs (MoLISA) in collaboration with the British Embassy at the University of Labor and Social Affairs was held on July 20 in Hanoi (Photo: MoLISA).|
According to Deputy Minister Nguyen Van Hoi, in Vietnam, there are widespread misconceptions including that only women and girls experience human trafficking or that human trafficking does not happen online. However, in recent times, the crime of human trafficking has tended to increase and become more complicated.
Meanwhile, in some localities, relevant legal regulations have not been exercised strictly. The work of preventing, detecting, and handling human trafficking crimes and the rescue and support for trafficked victims still have limitations.
|Students of the University of Labor and Social Affairs joined a quiz about the Facts of Human Trafficking (Photo: MoLISA).|
"Since 2016, the Prime Minister issued Decision No. 793/QD-TTg, stating that July 30 to be the official day of human trafficking prevention in Vietnam to mobilize all levels, branches, agencies, units and people to participate in the prevention and combat of this crime. To protect yourself and others, you must be aware of all the risks that could leads to one becoming a victim, especially with illegal migration," said Hoi.
Agreeing with the Vietnamese Deputy Minister, UK Ambassador to Vietnam Iain Frew stressed that he has full commitment to work closely with the Government of Vietnam in human trafficking prevention through capacity building, public awareness promotion, information sharing, crime fighting and helping the victims and the vulnerable.
Video by the British Embassy in Vietnam on the occasion of WDATIP (July 30).
At the same event, Chief Immigration Officer of UK Immigration Enforcement Mark Holton was awarded the Medal of Appreciation for the cause of Labour – Invalids and Social Affairs. This award from MoLISA recognized Holton for his contribution to connecting British partners with Vietnamese Government agencies, to implement many meaningful human trafficking prevention and control projects. Some of them are about improving legal knowledge and capacity building for officials at all levels, raising public awareness, and supporting trafficked victims.
|Deputy Minister Nguyen Van Hoi presented the award to Chief Immigration Officer of UK Immigration Enforcement Mark Holton (Photo: MoLISA).|
The serious consequences of human trafficking
Since 2013, the United Nations has identified human trafficking as one of the four most dangerous crimes in the world. Trafficking in persons has particularly serious consequences on human rights, negatively affects the political security of each country, and can lead to illegal acts such as illegal immigration, fake documents, prostitution, and drug trafficking.
The Law on Human Trafficking Prevention and Control that was passed by the 12th National Assembly and took effect from January 1, 2012, has created an important legal basis for the prevention, detection, and handling of human trafficking crimes in Vietnam. Over the last 10 years, Vietnam has achieved positive results in curbing crimes.
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