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Prostitution to be controlled under new program

Released at: 17:01, 26/03/2016

Prostitution to be controlled under new program

Establishments known for prostitution to be relocated to one area.

by Lam Xung

A pilot project within Vietnam's anti-prostitution program was introduced by the Prime Minister on March 3 for the 2016-2020 period. 

Several cities and provinces where prostitution is rife were chosen for a pilot project aimed at preventing the vice and limiting its effects on the community.

Under the pilot, all establishments that traditionally attract prostitution - hotels, bars, dance halls and massage parlors - will be relocated to a specific area.

Mr. Le Van Quy, Deputy Director of the Ho Chi Minh City Social Evils Prevention Department, told the Hai Quan (Customs) newspaper that the relocation was necessary because it made these businesses easier to manage and would help ensure public order and workers’ rights. All employees at such establishments would need to sign work contracts. The intent of the project is not to facilitate prostitution but to gradually eliminate it while supporting those in the line of work. Social organizations would then help prostitutes return to normal lives by giving them consultancy and employment introductions, he added.

Other Asian countries such as South Korea and Thailand have been successful in setting up specific areas for such businesses. Under this model prostitutes can also receive medical services and have the right to refuse unprotected sex and be protected by the law if they were attacked, according to Ms. Khuat Thu Hong, Director of the Institute for Social Development Studies.

Source: VNA

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