Australia, Vietnam intensify fight against trans-national crime

The Vietnam-Australia Joint Transnational Crime Centre (JTCC) made its debut in Ho Chi Minh City on March 30.

Sen. Lieut. Gen. Le The Tiem, Deputy Minister of Public Security, said the centre is the result of cooperation and mutual assistance between the Vietnamese and Australian police. It is a further step towards bringing to life memorandums of understanding between the Vietnamese Ministry of Public Security and the Australian Federal Police (AFP), signed in Hanoi in March 2006 and in Australia in August 2009.

The centre will receive, analyse and process crime-related information, especially information on trans-national crime in key areas of terrorism, illegal drugs, money laundering, human trafficking, smuggling and child sex tourism.

The centre will provide support to the two countries’ agencies and parties concerned when required and make recommendations to increase cooperation between their border guards, sea police and customs units.

According to AFP chief Tony Negus, illegal drug trafficking is the largest trans-national crime that faces both Australia and Vietnam. The establishment of the centre is testimony to the two countries’ commitments to addressing new challenges in the fight against trans-national crime.