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Sunday, February 26, 2012

Vietnam wages war on child sex tourism

Sulaiman Kamal | 2:42 AM | | | Best Blogger Tips

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Even though child sex tourism is not mentioned specifically in Vietnamese legislation, there are fears that it could be growing as the nation makes big advances in attracting holiday makers - and as Vietnamese themselves move more and more around the country.

Australia-based group End Child Prostitution, Pornography and Trafficking Australia said there is credible evidence to suggest that children under the age of 16 are being targeted by sex tourists travelling to Vietnam.

According to BBC, recent estimates say that nearly a third of all sex workers in Vietnam are under the age of 16.

Legal expert Le Thi Hoa from the Justice Ministry's Department of Criminal and Administrative Laws said that existing regulations in the penal code, child care, protection and education, anti-human trafficking and prostitution seemed to cover this kind of crime.

However, she said there was a need for a legal framework directly targeting the crimes.

Child sex tourism is described as the sexual exploitation of children by a person or persons who have sexual contact with children.

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