Nguyen Ngoc Thach, director of the Social Evil Prevention and Control Bureau in Ho Chi Minh City, said at a conference on February 15 that the city was planning on implementing a project to help provide vocational training for rehab patients.
This year, the government intends to help reduce prostitution in 20 out of the existing 55 wards in the city, with 20 more the following year and all by 2015. Last year, 118 prostitutes were sent to medical clinics for examination and treatment, 91 of whom were from other provinces.
The inter-disciplinary inspection team also surveyed 11,000 businesses in HCMC that were involved in the trade and penalised more than 7,000 business owners a total sum of VND15 billion (US$720,500).
The HCMC Police, along with the Department of Labor, Invalids and Social Affairs, carried out a full inspection of prostitution services operating throughout the city and fined 634 people in this connection.
The government is organising a rehab programme this year for around 4,500 drug addicts, 300 more than last year, and provide vocational training to 70 per cent of those that have fully recovered. Help will also be provided in finding suitable jobs.