— Vietnamese girls are victims of sexual exploitation, forced prostitution and exploitation of power.
They are victims because of the way their country treats them, but also because the government fails to protect them, activists said Wednesday.
They said that’s why, when they come out to Vietnam, they’re usually met with hostility, suspicion and suspicion from their own country.
Many have been forced into prostitution and forced to work in the sex industry, they said.
Many of them are from poor families who are often separated from their families, often by the authorities.
“The situation is very serious,” said Nguyen Van Thi Nguyen, founder of the Vietnamese Feminist Network, a coalition of Vietnamese women and activists.
The Vietnamese government has done nothing about it.
There’s no national policy to protect Vietnamese girls.
The only way to prevent this is for Vietnam to make it illegal to work for money, Nguyen said.
I am hoping for a better society, but I don’t think there is one,” Nguyen said, explaining that she came to the United States in 1996 as a refugee from Vietnam.
There’s no law in Vietnam that specifically addresses forced prostitution.
In the past, there was no way for women to report abuse to authorities, so many women ended up in the prostitution business, Nguyen recalled.
Vietnamese authorities are not doing enough to protect their citizens.
The government, Nguyen told The Washington Post, doesn’t protect its citizens.
A Vietnamese woman walks past a building during a protest in front of the U.S. Embassy in Phnom Penh, Cambodia, July 10, 2021.