The interagency cooperation to prevent human trafficking in Vietnam

Tien Hoang Le

Queensland University of Technology – Australia

Crime prevention is an outreach measure to stop crime before it can occur. Prevention measures vary in different countries. In Vietnam, human trafficking prevention includes a range of strategies that are implemented by law enforcement agencies, other government agencies, social organisations, the media, community level organisations and individuals. Awareness-raising tactics, defined in both the Anti-Trafficking Law 2011 and National Plan of Action, are arguably the first priority in the prevention strategy in Vietnam at present. Socio-economic empowerment measures are also identified as necessary elements for trafficking prevention.

The current research focused on examining and reforming some awareness-raising strategies, for example, the awareness campaigns, educational programmes, training sessions. However, there was a lack of attention on the socio-economic empowerment methods as well as the inter-agency cooperation in implementing prevention strategies. This paper reports on my interviewees’ perspectives on Vietnam’s key awareness-raising measures as well as socio-economic empowerment approaches, including the inter-agency collaboration to implement the main strategies, successes, and limitations.

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