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Child sex tourism does not exist in Vietnam: official

By Anh Minh, Vy An   May 19, 2016 | 08:32 pm PT
Vietnam’s tourism administration has said that the country doesn’t offer child sex tourism after an NGO reported growth in this area in Laos, Cambodia and Vietnam.

Ngo Hoai Chung, a senior official of Vietnam’s Administration of Tourism, firmly stated that child sex tourism does not exist in Vietnam. At present, Vietnam has detected only a few cases of child abuse by foreign tourists and expats. The statement emerged after the Bangkok-based NGO End Child Prostitution in Asian Tourism (ECPAT) released a study on May 12, naming Laos, Cambodia and Vietnam as new child sex tourism destinations.

A poster again child sex abuse in Vietnam. Photo by VnExpress

A poster against child sex abuse in Vietnam. Photo by VnExpress

According to reports delivered at a conference to summarize the five-year Child Protection Program from 2011-2015 in Vietnam, there were over 8,200 child abuse cases with 9,920 victims, up by 258 children compared to the previous five years.

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