Animation film to promote anti-human trafficking hotline number 111

This five-minute film will be used to raise awareness at the grassroots level by Vietnam Women's Union staff in various places in the country.

This video clip is made up of a story of a girl living in a rural area and depicts the risk/preventive measures of human trafficking.

In a rural village, there was a girl named Na. She was invited by Tu, who lived in the same village, to go to China and take a well-paying job there. Her family and friends concerned about that dubious story and encouraged her to call "Hotline 111", but Na didn't care because the job was introduced by a trusted childhood friend.

On the day of departure, Na got a ride on Tu's motorcycle to the Chinese border. On the way to the border, a border guard stopped him and asked to show their ID. Tu suddenly ran away. After a while, the border guards returned with Tu in handcuffs. Tu had planned to trick Na to sell in China. Fortunately, by Border guard's help, Na was able to return to her family safely.

This is the story in the animation film promoting public awareness on human trafficking has been produced in collaboration between Vietnam Women's Union and the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA).

The video clip is hoped that could encourages people to think about the risk of human trafficking as a crime that anyone may be involved.

Accordingly, JICA has been implementing their Technical Cooperation Project on "Project for “Strengthening the Operation of Hotline for Counseling and Supporting Trafficked Survivors” in Vietnam.

Since the target audience is mainly women in rural area, the film was originally planned to be subtitled in minority languages. However, during discussions with the Vietnam Women's Union, it was agreed that in some cases, ethnic minorities were not able to read the subtitles. Therefore, dubbed versions are more effective than subtitles. For this reason, JICA are currently working on making dubbed versions in four minority languages.

As many as 3,476 Vietnamese people have been recorded as victims of trafficking from 2013 to 2019. Most of them are ethnic minority people, according to Nguyen Xuan Lap, head of the Social Evils Prevention Department under the Ministry of Labour, Invalids and Social Affairs.

Most of the trafficking victims live in rural areas and face financial difficulties. They are not well-educated and are either unemployed or involved in agriculture.

Traffickers often took advantage of the financial situations of victims as well as their poor education, he said.

 

Thu Pham