Campaign to Stop Trafficking in Women and Children Between Viet Nam and China
Campaign to Stop Trafficking in Women and Children Between Viet Nam and China -
Hanoi, 3 June 2004: The first ever joint communication campaign to stop trafficking in women and children between Viet Nam and China will be launched today in the northern border town of Mong Cai, Quang Ninh province.
The campaign is in response to the estimated thousands of Vietnamese women and girls being trafficked to China and is being jointly implemented by the Women’s Unions of Viet Nam and China with technical assistance and support provided by both UNICEF Viet Nam and China.
“Every effort must be made to stop the brutal exploitation of women and children,” said Mr Anthony Bloomberg, UNICEF Representative in Viet Nam. “Trafficking between Viet Nam and China is increasing and this innovative and landmark campaign is the first step towards stopping this unacceptable practice.”
The reasons for trafficking are many and complex and include poverty, family conflict, the demand of Chinese men for wives and the open, shared and difficult-to-police border between the two countries. Most women are fooled by traffickers into making the risky journey to China with the lure of good jobs and good marriage prospects. Young, single women with little education and information about the risks of trafficking are especially vulnerable.
These women are at high risk of contracting HIV/AIDS and sexually transmitted diseases and regularly report rape and abuse by their Chinese husbands and in-laws. If the women manage to return to Viet Nam, discrimination is widespread. Children fathered by Chinese men are not always registered and the women have little access to counselling or social work assistance.
The joint communication campaign will be launched on 3 June 2004 on the border bridge linking the two border towns of Mong Cai, Viet Nam and Dong Xing in China. It will be carried out in the border provinces of Quanh Ninh, Lang Son, Thanh Hoa and Nghe An in Viet Nam and in Guang Xi in China for one year. The goals of the campaign are to reduce cross border trafficking and to create a social movement against trafficking, using the slogan – United Against Trafficking. For A Better Future. Communication materials, such as a TV spot featuring the Vietnamese singer Le Hong Nhung and Chinese celebrity Zhou Yan Hong, leaflets, posters, stickers, T-shirts and caps, will be distributed throughout the provinces. Community communicators will ensure that the anti-trafficking messages reach as many people as possible.
More than two thousand people will be attending the launch. Madame Nguyen Thanh Hoa, Vice Chairperson of Viet Nam’s Women’s Union will be joined by Ms Mehr Khan, East Asia and Pacific Regional Director for UNICEF, as well as the UNICEF Representatives from Viet Nam and China. Representatives from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the Committee on Population, Family and Children, the Border Guard Command and other key ministries will also attend.
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