Vietnam, Lao, Cambodia repress border human trafficking rings

The Vietnamese Police General Directorate, the Directorate of Cambodian Royal Police Academy and the Lao Police General Department yesterday organized a conference on the implementation of crackdown on human trafficking along their border lines in 2015.

At the conference, the three sides pledged to effectively carry out bilateral agreements between Vietnam and Laos, Vietnam and Cambodia on human trafficking prevention and fighting.

They will intensify information exchange and set up hot lines to investigate and pursue rings and gangs in the border areas of Vietnam-Laos and Vietnam-Cambodia.  They will also work together to rescue victims and repatriate them.

According to reports, Vietnamese police and border army forces uncovered 334 human trafficking cases and arrested 616 offenders last year.

They continued exposing 136 cases, arresting 227 subjects and rescuing 303 victims comprising 110 in the border areas in the first half this year.

Along the Vietnam-Lao border, victims are usually women and children from the central region who have been taken to Laos and exploited in prostitution houses or industrial zones and mines.

The criminal cases along the Vietnam-Cambodian boundary have swindled many children and women and sold them to brothels, casinos, cockpits and massage establishments.

The peak raid takes place from July 1 till September 30.

By Binh Dai – Translated by Hai Mien

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