Traffickers convinced the victims that they would secure stable-income jobs at shops selling clothes or shoes in border provinces, such as Quang Ninh, Lang Son, Lao Cai and Cao Bang. In fact, they were taken to China and forced to work as prostitutes. After escaping to return home, the women reported the traffickers to the police, leading to their arrests.
The officer said the fight against human trafficking is facing difficulties due to increasing numbers of migrant workers and entertainment facilities in the capital city.
Easy travel between Vietnam and China and among ASEAN member states has also facilitated traffickers, while this type of crime is normally uncovered only after their victims escape and tell the police.
Hanoi is implementing a range of programmes for 2016-2020 to boost police capacity and connectivity in combating human trafficking. Hot spots including road and railway routes linking Hanoi to border provinces and international air routes have been constantly on the radar screen.