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Vietnam MoU on modern slavery

by Mark Rowe

The UK and Vietnam have signed a memorandum of understanding on human trafficking to allow for greater collaboration around intelligence sharing, supporting victims and prevention work.

While the UK and other countries are still trying to work out basics about modern slavery – where they come from, who are the exploiters, and how many there are – it is thought that many victims in the UK originally come from Vietnam. Other countries include Romania and Nigeria.

In 2017 alone, UK authorities identified 738 potential slavery victims from the South East Asian country.

After signing the agreement with his counterpart Senior Lieutenant General To Lam, the Vietnamese Minister for Public Security, Home Secretary Sajid Javid said: “Modern slavery is an appalling crime which destroys the lives of its victims. This government is committed to doing everything we can to protect people from being exploited in the UK and overseas.

“Working in partnership with other nations, such as Vietnam where many victims are trafficked from, is absolutely vital in preventing modern slavery from taking place and being able to relentlessly pursue the perpetrators. This close collaboration will be a powerful weapon in the fight against modern slavery.”

For background – modern slavery is the term used within the UK and is defined within the Modern Slavery Act 2015. The Act categorises offences of Slavery, Servitude and Forced or Compulsory Labour and Human Trafficking – visit the National Crime Agency website.

Poster

Police report that offenders target vulnerable people who may be children, homeless, suffering from addiction, or have learning difficulties. Offenders arrange and facilitate travel for victims, incurring debt for victims; promise victims employment, accommodation and a ‘better life’. Instead victims may be forced to steal and are not given the work they were promised. Offenders use violence, surveillance, abuse and debt bondage to control victims. For a poster for retail about forced shoplifting, visit the National Business Crime Centre website.

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