State Department Praises Vietnamese Priest In Fight Against Human Trafficking

June 12, 2006

 

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Viet Act, News Report, Staff, Jun 10, 2006

The annual "Trafficking in Persons" (TIP) report examines trafficking problems in 150 countries. The report is focused on raising public awareness of the global trafficking problem and encouraging governments to combat the problem. This year's TIP Report includes more coverage of labor slavery, especially internal labor trafficking, forced labor, and involuntary servitude. Regarding Vietnam, the TIP report states “Women from Vietnam are trafficked to Taiwan through fraudulent marriages for sexual exploitation and labor.” It also states that “the government of Vietnam does not comply with the minimum standards for the elimination of trafficking” and that “Vietnam has not made sufficient efforts to combat trafficking.”

The 2006 TIP Report also recognizes Reverend Hung V. Nguyen, a founding member of VietACT, as a “Hero Acting to End Modern Day Slavery” for his efforts with the Vietnamese Migrant Workers and Brides Office to rescue, shelter, and rehabilitate victims of both labor and sex trafficking. This is good news especially to the newly formed Vietnamese Alliance to Combat Trafficking (VietACT) whose most recent efforts have been focused on working collaboratively with Father Peter Nguyen Van Hung, director of the Taiwan ACT office, to help the plight of thousands of Vietnamese brides as well as migrant workers in Taiwan.

Formed in August 2004 by a group of concerned students and young professionals, VietACT is a grassroots organization dedicated to eradicating human trafficking of Vietnamese victims through collaboration, advocacy, and education, for the purpose of supporting, protecting and empowering victims. The organization has work with numerous volunteer and student organizations including the Union of North American Student Associations, Orange County Human Trafficking Task Force, Cambodia Family, St. Anselm's Cross Cultural Center, Union of Vietnamese Students Association of Southern California, Denver Vietnamese Women Association, Vietnamese Professional Society, Asian American Women Alliance, Loyola University School of Social Work, and Illinois Vietnamese Student Union. VietACT will continue to work collaboratively to bring greater awareness to the issue combating human trafficking and support for the victims.

For more information on VietACT and its efforts or to see the full TIP Report, visit VietACT’s homepage at http://www.vietact.org.

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