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60 Vietnamese nationals collectively run for freedom from human traffickers in Cambodia

  • A group of 60 Vietnamese nationals collectively ran for freedom from a Cambodian casino where they were being exploited and held as prisoners on Saturday.
  • Four people failed to escape as they were recaptured by casino guards.
  • Cambodian authorities managed to rescue them along with 15 other victims.
  • On Wednesday, 71 Vietnamese victims were transported back to Vietnam.
  • This incident marks the second mass escape of Vietnamese nationals from a casino in Cambodia within the course of a month.

In the latest incident of the human trafficking crisis in Cambodia, 60 Vietnamese nationals collectively ran for freedom from a Cambodian casino where they were being exploited and held as prisoners. 

On Saturday, a group of 60 Vietnamese people fled from a casino under heavy rain in Bavet city in Cambodia’s Svay Rieng province. Four people reportedly failed to escape as they were recaptured by casino guards.

Vietnamese consulate receives ‘constant calls day and night’ by victims of human trafficking in Cambodia

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  • The Vietnamese consulate in Sihanoukville, Cambodia, has been receiving dozens of rescue requests from victims of human trafficking on a daily basis.
  • Crime syndicates operating in Cambodia have targeted individuals from Southeast Asian countries. Thousands of people are lured by traffickers who promised them “easy jobs with high wages,” when in reality, they are exploited and held as prisoners.
  • Consul General Vu Ngoc Ly said one major issue that rescuers face is incomprehensive information given by the Vietnamese victims.
  • Several trafficking groups operate in deep forests under the guise of being legitimate companies.
  • Ly said it is important to educate people about the dangers behind “easy jobs with high pay” in foreign countries.

The Vietnamese consulate in Cambodia has been receiving dozens of rescue requests from victims of human trafficking as rescue efforts face several challenges.

Amid the ongoing human trafficking crisis in Cambodia, the Vietnamese consulate in Sihanoukville has been receiving numerous calls from victims on a daily basis. 

Vietnamese parents forced to buy back children as human trafficking crisis in Cambodia escalates

  • Chinese crime syndicates are believed to be behind the human trafficking operations in Cambodia that have targeted individuals from Southeast Asian countries, including Thailand, Malaysia, Taiwan, Indonesia and Vietnam.
  • Thousands of people have been lured by human traffickers who promised them “easy jobs with high wages,” when in fact, they were taken to production facilities and casinos and held as prisoners.
  • In April, four families in Hai Phong City had to pay thousands of dollars in ransom to buy back their children after they were tricked by a close friend. 
  • On Aug. 18, 40 Vietnamese nationals managed to escape from the Golden Phoenix casino in Cambodia’s Kandal province by swimming across the Binh Di River. 
  • So far, Vietnamese and Cambodian authorities have rescued over 250 people who were lured to Cambodian casinos.

In the first half of this year, Vietnamese and Cambodian authorities have rescued 250 people who were lured to Cambodian casinos by human traffickers. In a joint operation, authorities are continuing to bring home Vietnamese nationals.

Chinese crime syndicates are believed to be behind the human trafficking operations in Cambodia that have targeted individuals from South East Asian countries, including Thailand, Malaysia, Taiwan, Indonesia and Vietnam.

Vietnam declares being gay ‘not an illness’ 32 years after WHO declassification of homosexuality as disease

  • Vietnam’s Ministry of Health declared homosexuality as “not a disease” in a directive to provincial and municipal health departments on Aug. 3.
  • The announcement noted that homosexuality “is entirely not an illness” and therefore “cannot be ‘cured’ nor need[s] to be ‘cured’ and cannot be converted in any way.”
  • The belief that homosexuality is a curable disease has reportedly prevailed in Vietnam partly due to the government’s failure in adopting the World Health Organization’s initial and succeeding positions on the subject.
  • The American Psychiatric Association (APA), through its Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM) — the global gold standard for the diagnosis of psychiatric illnesses — first declassified homosexuality as a disorder in 1973 and completely removed it from the manual in 1987.
  • Aside from declaring homosexuality normal, Vietnam’s Ministry of Health stressed that any form of support to LGBTQ-plus individuals must be provided only by sexual identity experts.

Nearly 50 years after the American Psychiatric Association (APA) — the organization behind the world’s gold standard for diagnosing mental illnesses — first declassified homosexuality as a disease, Vietnam has followed suit earlier this month.

The “huge paradigm shift” came in an Aug. 3 announcement sent by the Ministry of Health to local government units, including provincial and municipal health departments.

Huynh Nhu set to become first Vietnamese woman football player to join European team

  • Vietnamese football star Huynh Nhu traveled to Portugal on Monday in preparation for signing with Länk FC Vilaverdense, a Portuguese football team, for a two-year contract.
  • Nhu, a 30-year-old forward player and the captain of Vietnam’s women’s national football team, could become the first female Vietnamese football player to join a European team if she passes her medical.
  • “I have received much advice. There are people who said I need to learn from the male players who had unsuccessful spells abroad in the past. But recently, Nguyen Quang Hai has left a good impression in France,” Nu said.
  • “I hope that my image, as well as Vietnamese football, will thrive overseas and there will be more and more female players that can play football abroad,” she added.
  • Born in the provincial city of Tra Vinh in 1991, Nhu is one of the world’s most prominent Vietnamese football players. She has won several awards, including the Vietnam Golden Ball award on four occasions.
  • With Vietnam's women’s national football team, Nhu won gold during the SEA Games in 2017, 2019 and 2022, as well as during the ASEAN Football Federation Championship.

Vietnamese football star Huynh Nhu is set to become the first female Vietnamese football player to join a European football team.

Nhu, a 30-year-old forward player and the captain of Vietnam’s women’s national football team, traveled to Portugal on Monday in preparation for signing with Länk FC Vilaverdense, a Portuguese football club, for a two-year contract.

Organ donation in Vietnam becoming more accepted despite cultural taboo

  • The Vietnam National Coordinating Center for Human Organ Transplantation revealed that nearly 50,000 people have registered for organ donation after death or brain death in the country.
  • The figure shows a significant jump since the center was established in 2014 when most of the 200 registrants were its own officials, staff and medical workers.
  • According to Center Director Dong Van He, the Vietnamese people’s belief that one needs an entire body to prepare for the afterlife has prevented many from choosing to become organ donors.
  • However, stories about brainstem death donations might have helped change some perspectives on the taboo subject.
  • He pointed out that the system of 22 organ transplant centers and hospitals nationwide must exert more effort in encouraging more brain-dead organ donations.

More and more Vietnamese people are willing to donate their organs after death, a transplantation center operating under the Ministry of Health revealed. 

Officials at the Vietnam National Coordinating Center for Human Organ Transplantation shared during a meeting on Monday that a lot has changed since the center was established in 2014.

Ho Chi Minh City resident becomes first Vietnamese woman to reach Mount Everest summit

  • Nguyễn Thị Thanh Nhã, who also goes by Céline Nha Nguyen, reached the summit of Mount Everest on Monday, becoming the first Vietnamese woman to do so.
  • A representative from Seven Summit Treks congratulated Nguyen and described her achievement as monumental for the Vietnamese climbing community.
  • Nguyen, who works as a lawyer in Hồ Chí Minh City, is determined to complete the Seven Summits, which refers to the seven highest mountains in the world.
  • She has now completed two of the seven summits including Vinson Massif in January, which is the highest peak in Antarctica at 4,892 meters (16,049 feet).
  • Mount Everest is the tallest mountain in the world standing at 8,848 meters (29,029 feet).

A lawyer from Hồ Chí Minh City is the first Vietnamese woman to reach the summit of the tallest mountain in the world, Mount Everest. 

Manager of mountaineering company Seven Summit Treks, Thaneswar Guragai, confirmed that Nguyễn Thị Thanh Nhã, who also goes by Céline Nha Nguyen, successfully summited Mount Everest at 3:30 a.m. on Monday. Nguyen was praised by a representative from the company who pointed out that her achievement marked a monumental milestone for the Vietnamese climbing community. 

Vietnamese man sold his daughter, 13, to Chinese traffickers for $4,300 to pay for medical treatment

  • Lo Pho Pheng, a 47-year-old Vietnamese father, was sentenced to 14 years in prison for selling his 13-year-old daughter to human traffickers for over 100 million Vietnamese dong (approximately $4,367).
  • Pheng, who suffered from a heart condition, met with Lo Thi Cam, 35, to propose selling his daughter in 2018 when he lacked money to pay for medical treatment for a heart condition.
  • Pheng’s daughter was transported by Moong Thi Xum, 46, and sold to a man in China but was able to escape back to Vietnam in October 2021 and file a denunciation of the crime.
  • Pheng, Xum and Cam were sentenced to 14, 13 and 12 years in prison, respectively.

A Vietnamese father from the province of Nghệ An was sentenced to 14 years in prison for selling his daughter to human traffickers. 

Lo Pho Pheng, 47, sold his 13-year-old biological daughter to a man in China for over 150 million Vietnamese dong (approximately $6,550) when he lacked the money to pay for medical treatment for a heart condition. 

Vietnamese father spends $11,000 to convert old van into French wooden tank for his son

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  • Truong Van Dao, a 31-year-old carpenter from Bac Ninh Province, east of Hanoi, spent three months and invested around $11,000 to convert an unused 16-seater minibus into a French EBR105 model wooden tank.
  • “I consider this wooden tank simply as a normal car, converted into a tank to make it more interesting,” Dao said. “I was thinking that if all the tanks in the world were the same as my tank, there would be no harm. Just fun.”

A dedicated Vietnamese father reportedly spent months and invested tens of thousands of dollars to convert an old van into a French model wooden tank for his son.

Truong Van Dao, a 31-year-old carpenter from Bac Ninh Province, east of Hanoi, and his two colleagues reportedly spent three months converting an old, unused 16-seater minibus into a French EBR105 model, complete with its 2.8-meter-long (9.1-foot-long) replica canon, according to the AFP news agency.

Vietnamese blogger jailed over government criticism warns family of ‘something bad’ before call is cut off

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A Vietnamese blogger detained over anti-government posts has warned his family that “something bad” will have happened to him if they do not hear from him within the next 15 days.

Disrupted communication: Phan Kim Khanh, who is serving a six-year prison term, delivered the chilling message in a phone call on Saturday. That call was abruptly cut off after his warning.

Report: Mark Zuckerberg personally approved censorship of Facebook posts critical of Vietnam’s government

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Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg personally bowed to the Vietnamese government’s demand that his company’s social media platform censor “anti-state” posts, according to a new report. 

Censorship: In late 2020, Zuckerberg agreed to censor posts from anti-government critics in Vietnam following the threat of their government’s ruling Communist Party to take down Facebook in the country, reported The Washington Post.