Vietnamese male labour trafficking: A sad reality that requires our attention

Type Thesis or Dissertation - Master of science
Title Vietnamese male labour trafficking: A sad reality that requires our attention
Publication (Day/Month/Year) 2012
URL, Audrey 20125.pdf
One of the biggest myths of our world today is that slavery is a thing of the past and human
trafficking occurs only in the third world. In fact, modern day slavery is a far more common
occurrence than believed and it exists throughout both the developed and under developed world
under the guise of human trafficking. Trafficking in persons is the third largest criminal industry in
the world. It follows illegal drugs and arms trafficking. No country is immune to this problem,
including Vietnam. Vietnam is one of the fastest growing economies in the world, yet employment
opportunities are limited and so the Vietnamese seek work, wherever it can be found, even if it
means having to work abroad. In Vietnamese culture, males are considered the breadwinner for the
family and they will migrate legally, or illegally, in order to fulfill this role and provide for themselves
and their families.
Most Vietnamese males lack understanding of migration laws and therefore turn to brokers
or legitimate recruitment agencies for help in this process of finding work abroad. Many of these
middlemen have unethical practices that lead to corruption and abuses within the system. Many
Vietnamese dealing with middlemen are promised incredible salaries and jump on the offers not
knowing what to expect. Once abroad, their human rights are often violated by their employers and
they are caught in the middle of labour trafficking circles, unable to reach for help.
Gender issues compound the problem since in Vietnamese culture, men are expected to be
strong. As a result, males often refuse to admit to being victimized and labelled as victims thereby
placing themselves outside of the help that they need and might otherwise receive. This frequently
ends with Vietnamese adult males being deported rather than securing justice for the abusers, thus
perpetuating the problem of human trafficking.
This paper seeks to understand the issue of male labour trafficking in Vietnam, and puts
forward potential solutions, as well as key recommendations, for addressing these issues in Vietnam. The author is aware that the proposed solutions are by no means a complete remedy for the
problem of trafficking of males for the purpose of labour in Vietnam. However, it is hoped that
these recommendations might contribute to the dialogue and assist the organizations who have
assumed the courageous task of solving this complex and abhorrent crime of our modern times.

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