That was a snapshot of the daring rescues taking place each month to free women and girls from forced marriages or sex slavery in China. Filmed on a shaky camera phone, the successful rescue saved the Vietnamese teenagers from a brothel in China, where a huge surplus of males has fuelled the lucrative trade for brides and sex workers. Bringing them home is dangerous work, pitting rescuers against vengeful husbands, pimps and organized trafficking networks who spin tens of millions of dollars selling women from poor Mekong countries. "No one wants their business to be broken," says a rescuer from Blue Dragon, a Hanoi-based non-profit. Blue Dragon has helped bring about 400 trafficked women and girls home from China since 2007. They are among tens of thousands trafficked into China from impoverished pockets of Vietnam, Cambodia, Myanmar and Laos. They are tricked, lured or kidnapped and sold as wives and prostitutes across the border, some ending up deep inside the country. Rescues are a … [Read more...] about The daring China rescues bringing Vietnam’s trafficked girls home
Having no limbs, Thảo can still go to school and join the handwriting competition for students. — Photo: vietnamplus.vnViet Nam News SÓC TRĂNG — Hiếu Thảo doesn’t have a lot of the things other girls her age do, like limbs or a father. But she doesn’t let that keep her down, because she does have her beloved grandmother, who she lives with. Thảo was born in 2010 as a result of her mother’s marriage with his father named Vũ in Nha Trang City. When Thảo was only 10-months old, her father died in an accident. Lý Thị Cho, Thảo’s grandmother, has brought her up in a small house in Sơn Ton Village, Cù Lao Dung District, the Mekong Delta Province of Sóc Trăng after Thảo’s mother went to HCM City to seek a new life and remarry. “My daughter’s pregnancy was normal,” Cho told online newspaper VietnamPlus. Therefore, when hearing her daughter … [Read more...] about A girl with a lucky toe
Viet Nam News by Nguyễn Khánh Chi A recent lunch date with my old friends from university turned into a stirring round-table discussion when one friend proposed that we all make a plan to travel together. As we envisioned a change of pace, time together and the chance to explore, everyone seemed excited—but one woman looked a bit concerned. “Does that mean we leave our kids and husband at home?” she asked in a low voice. “Yes!” “Yep!” “Why not?” the others jumped in. Vietnamese traditional family values dating back to the feudal period stipulate that housework is women’s responsibility. This view is a double-edged sword. On the one hand, it leads to celebrations of Vietnamese women’s dedication and hard work for their families. On the other, it punishes Vietnamese women who dare to assert some purpose or passion in life outside of their home. The persistence of this view makes it hard for many women to … [Read more...] about Women take a break from family for travel: Why not?
Packs a punch: Nguyễn Thị Tâm (left) aims to make an entrance in the upcoming Asian Games in Indonesia in August. — VNS Photo Lương Thu Hương Viet Nam News Nguyễn Thị Tâm, 23, is a slim young woman with a pretty face. At first glance, no one would guess she is a strong boxer on the Hà Nội and national teams. She recently made Vietnamese history as the first Vietnamese female boxer to win an Asian title. Thanh Nga spoke with her. Inner Sanctum: What led you to take up boxing? At the age of 14, I would watch track-and-field events and dream of becoming a famous runner for my hometown in Quỳnh Phụ District, Thái Bình Province. However, after two years, I realised that athletics didn’t suit me, so I asked my coach to let me quit. After that, a local coach recognised my capacity for boxing and took me to Hà Nội to follow his training programme. At first, … [Read more...] about Female boxer ready to face challenges in life
Two uneven rows of houses with dusty brown-and-grey palm thatch roofs lining the road choked in the pinky brown dust. In all directions mountains shot up, bristling and tottering as if they would collapse after a slight collision. At the T-junction, there was a banyan tree with ancient roots and a canopy spread wide like a huge umbrella, shading the ground. Around the foot of the tree, children and a few adults were selling peeled and separated pomelo pulps which were withering under the sun, and sugarcane fruits and pineapples which were cut and packaged in nylon bags. Cucumbers, boiled corncobs and sweet potatoes were in baskets, and green tea stored in aluminum pots were offered to passers-by and passengers on buses that stopped for a break. The plastic cups dangling upside down over the spouts of the pots seemed ready to fly off every time the kids took to their heels to entice customers. Receiving a cup of tea from a skinny girl with hard dark skin, a face full of freckles and a … [Read more...] about Charmed