Trafficking from Vietnam has been rising over the last few years. Pedophiles use the internet to lure the vulnerable and predators entice Vietnamese citizens – often women and girls from ethnic minorities and poor, rural areas – into neighbouring countries with false job offers. Victims are sold into the sex trade, or find themselves forced into the garment industry.
Alongside this, Vietnam is witnessing a mass migration of rural children into cities. Driven away from home by domestic violence, family breakdown and in many cases extreme poverty, these children, particularly boys, travel into cities like Hanoi in search of freedom, money and opportunity. Alone, with unlimited access to the internet via cyber cafes, they are highly vulnerable to trafficking, forced marriage, labor exploitation, forced begging and contact from online pedophiles.
Our Mission and Purpose
To offer street children in Hanoi a brighter and safer life through education, via our partnership with Blue Dragon Children’s Foundation.
A study by Coram International in partnership with UNICEF and the Institute of Labour and Social Sciences, found that an estimated 5.6% of children in Vietnam may have experiences related to child trafficking. Though the study showed that boys and girls were equally at risk, most services on the ground in Vietnam are targeted towards female trafficking victims.
Not for Sale has partnered with Blue Dragon to address this resource deficit, creating the first housing for young boys that had been sexually or otherwise exploited in Vietnam. We provide long-term care, shelter, educational opportunities and job training to help future-proof their development, as well as offering crisis care to kids on the street 24/7 – from emergency shelter and healthcare to food and clothes.
Our Impact In Numbers
In 2019, through Not For Sale Vietnam..
CHILDREN WERE HOUSED AT THE NFS SHELTER
MEALS WERE SERVED
CHILDREN WERE CONTACTED IN OUTREACH
families were reunited
Children playing Uno in the Hanoi drop in centre with a Not For Sale team member.