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Preventing Trafficking in Vietnam

In recent years in rural Vietnam, there has been a significant rise in the number of ethnic minority people becoming victim to a wide range of issues including sexual oppression, forced marriages and exploitative labour.

Since 2015, Samaritan’s Purse has been partnering with the local government to conduct human trafficking prevention training for government officials, police officers, teachers and students to help combat the trafficking issues in the province.

Last year, Samaritan’s Purse facilitated a two-day workshop for teachers from three secondary schools in the Nam Nhun District of Vietnam. During the course, the teachers were trained on multiple topics including the purposes of human trafficking, who can be victims, who could be traffickers, the tricks of the traffickers, useful tips for safe migration and other protection topics.

After the first day, Mrs. Tong Thi Nuong, one of the vice-principals, said, “This is the first time I have attended a Samaritan’s Purse workshop on human trafficking prevention and safe migration. I find the training topics very useful and beneficial for my students so they can better protect themselves from human trafficking.”

Following the workshop, the teachers returned to their schools, equipped with knowledge and skills. Each of them was given a flip-chart and training flashcard set to help them teach their students.

“I really like the drawings in the flipchart. They are easy for me to understand and remember,” a sixth-grader shared after attending a training session.

Another classmate said, “Thanks to the lessons, I realised that traffickers have different purposes. Human traffickers don’t only kidnap people but also use apps like Facebook to make friends and trick you. I also use Facebook, so I need to be more careful when I make online friends.”

Last year, nearly 700 secondary school students in the Nam Nhun District were educated about different human trafficking topics. Each of them were given a “5-tips for Safe Migration” card with a national hotline where they could dial for help in the case of an emergency.

Samaritan’s Purse also donated comic books and information books about human trafficking and safe migration to the school libraries where students can easily access the books.

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