In July, at the Bangkok Asean Film Festival, Vietnamese movie The Third Wife was honoured with a Special Mention prize, with the jury noting its meticulous craftsmanship, strong acting and confident directing. In the movie set in rural Vietnam in the late 19th century, a young girl becomes the third wife of a wealthy land-owner. There are sex scenes and sequences showing child-birth. But while the film has been well-received overseas, including winning a prize at Toronto International Film Festival , it ran into trouble in Vietnam, leading to the movie being withdrawn from cinemas in late May. Audiences, reported Vietnam News, were shocked that the character is played by Nguyen Phuong Tra My, who was then only 13 years old. My's mother was also slammed for allowing her daughter to be involved, with some detractors wondering if she was blinded by the pursuit of fame and money. The VnExpress portal cited child protection experts as saying that the sex scenes could have a psychological effect on a young actress. Mayfair told the Hollywood Reporter: "We didn't do anything wrong and we broke no law. They can't attack us on those grounds so there have been attempts to smear the ethics of the actress' mother, publishing her personal details online and saying she had sold her daughter for money.
Are you ready for retirement? Manage Log In. Keep track and manage your login sessions and devices here. It's simple! Report: Vietnam high-school girls run forced prostitution ring. HANOI: A shocking Vietnamese TV show has exposed how a prostitution racket, operated in part by students at a Vietnamese high school near Hanoi, preyed on young, virgin students, the state media has reported. Several of the victims are aged 14 to 15 and say they were forced to travel to nearby hotels. The victims were paid as little as 20 dollars, or nothing at all, local newspaper VnExpress reported. Local official Nguyen Duc Chung has asked police in Hanoi to investigate the issue after the show aired on Vietnamese television on Tuesday.
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Sex trafficking in Vietnam is human trafficking for the purpose of sexual exploitation and slavery that occurs in the Socialist Republic of Vietnam. Vietnam is a source and, to a lesser extent, destination country for sexually trafficked persons. Sex trafficking victims in the country are from all ethnic groups in Vietnam and foreigners. Vietnamese citizens, primarily women and girls, have been sex trafficked into other countries in Asia and different continents. Some women and girls are tortured and or murdered. Sex trafficking and exploitation have pervaded all levels of Vietnamese society.
Vietnam and the U. The U. Kritenbrink, said the investigation was aided by close cooperation between the two nations, which normalized relations in , 20 years after the Vietnam War, and have since become partners on security, trade, and cultural issues. Human trafficking has become a higher priority for Vietnam since October of last year, when 39 of its citizens were found dead in a container truck in the United Kingdom, believed to have suffocated to death after being trafficked from Vietnam. Trafficking victims from the Southeast Asian nation range from workers tricked into bondage abroad, to young women sold as brides, such as to Chinese or Korean husbands. The Blue Dragon Children's Foundation , based in Hanoi, works to help sex trafficking victims, including both those who are sold abroad as well as those forced into sex work domestically. Vietnam and China have effectively shut down their 1, kilometer land border. That makes it harder for traffickers to send Vietnamese to China, but it also makes it harder to rescue victims and return them home. In contrast, the charges against Bodner, brought by a U. The year-old was charged with three counts of travel with intent to engage in illicit sexual conduct, as well as one count of engaging in illicit sexual conduct in a foreign place.