The workshop was attended by leaders and officers from the police and border guard forces of the provinces of Tuyen Quang, Ha Giang, Lang Son, Lao Cai, Nam Dinh, Ninh Binh, Phu Tho and Thai Nguyen. The trainees are officers of the two forces in charge of staff work, reconnaissance, investigation as well as receiving and providing initial assistance for victims of human trafficking.
Four international experts from the UK and lecturers from the Police Staff Department under the MPS delivered speeches on the related laws of Vietnam and the factual situation of trafficking in persons in the world. They also mentioned relevant studies and compared Vietnam’s practical situation of human trafficking with experiences in other countries.
Participants also discussed possible specific scenarios, proposed solutions to overcoming problems and obstacles, and sought approaches to promote cooperation between Vietnamese and UK competent agencies.
In Vietnam, human trafficking cases have been detected in all 63 provinces and cities. The number of human trafficking cases in the 8 above-mentioned Northern provinces accounts for 15% of the total cases. Vietnam is seen as a critical location and a transit of human trafficking activities.
Some 100,000 Vietnamese currently live and work in the UK. According to the UK authorities, about 500 Vietnamese were trafficked to the UK in 2017.
The organization of the training course provided a good opportunity for the two countries to promote exchange of information and experience, and cooperation in preventing and fighting human trafficking as well as to enhance efficiency of rescue, protection and repatriation of victims.