Safe Migration and Anti-human Trafficking in Vietnam

  • Thursday, 14:18 Date 21/03/2019

    In recent years, the situation of human trafficking in the world and in Vietnam has been increasing and becoming more sophisticated. Every year, around 800,000 to 1,000,000 people worldwide are trafficked. Among them, about 2.5 million people are direct victims of human trafficking, mostly women and young girls.

    The Vietnamese government also warned about human trafficking in Vietnam. According to media reports, human trafficking now occurs in all 64 provinces of Vietnam. Most of the victims are women and girls, even men are forced into sexual slavery and exploitation. Due to unemployment, low education and lack of information on human trafficking, women and men in Vietnam migrate abroad or go to big cities to find jobs that will be easily deceptive and become a victim of human trafficking. The situation of poverty and lack of awareness is also the main cause of the increase of the problem. Many victims are seduced by their families, relatives and sold abroad. Male children are also a source of labor for fishing boat owners. Most of the victims were forced, exploited, labored, beaten, removed from organs and could result in death due to lack of medical care.

    Confront of the growing problem of human trafficking, Caritas Vietnam cooperates with member countries in the Great Mekong Sub-region (Thailand, Myanmar, Cambodia, Vietnam and has the support of Taiwan) and Dioceses to carry out projects to prevent human trafficking since 2015. By connecting with several diocesan Caritas networks, religious congregations, schools, and especially local communities to raise people's awareness, in preventing human trafficking.
    The project has been implemented since 2015 and has undergone many stages, including the support of Caritas Asia in implementing the 2017-2018 project to enhance communication capacity for Caritas dioceses in the Southern region as well as raising community awareness.

    The purpose of the project is to contribute to minimizing human trafficking in Vietnam by raising awareness for every community member.

    The project is aimed to people at high risk of becoming victims of human trafficking, with attention to young workers and vulnerable people.

    •    Raising awareness in prevention of human trafficking for people through communication.
    •    Linking with dioceses, religious orders and religious organizations to cooperate in building communication networks and raising awareness for people about prevention of human trafficking.
    •    Building a team of volunteers, sustainable communicators at the diocesan and parish levels through the Caritas network in the Dioceses.

    •    Organize communication sessions in the community, sharing information through communication channels to raise people's awareness.
    •    Organize talks, exchanges and seminars to invite and link with dioceses, religious orders and religious organizations.
    •    Calling and cooperating with non-governmental organizations in the same interest.
    •    Organize training courses to improve the capacity of volunteers and media members at all levels of Caritas dioceses.
    •    Implement human trafficking prevention campaigns, responding to movements launched by Caritas Internationalis, Caritas Asia and Caritas Dioceses.

    From 2015 until now, in addition to cooperating, linking and sharing regular experiences with other countries in the group, we have cooperated with dioceses as Vinh Long, Long Xuyen, Can Tho, Hai Phong and Hung Hoa. It has been carried out communication sessions with more than 6,000 people participated, including young people, students, communities in parishes, seminarians at religious congregations... Besides, we have also made communication for the Vietnamese community in Cambodia. In addition, we organized training courses to improve the capacity of volunteers and media members in dioceses, such as Vinh Long, Ba Ria, Saigon, Long Xuyen and Can Tho. We also carry out and participate in campaigns, as the international day to prevent human trafficking, and in responding to the Call of Pope.

    Human trafficking prevention is really hard work and requires multi-faceted collaboration. You can join us in contributing to raising awareness for your community, friends, relatives and yourself in preventing and reducing the risk of trafficking.
    For further information, please contact:

    Commission on Charity and Social Actions - Caritas Vietnam

    Under the Catholic Bishop's Conference of Vietnam

    Phone: +84 (028) 3727-1904

    Email Caritas office:


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