According to the Social Evils Prevention Department under the Ministry of Labour, Invalids and Social Affairs (MoLISA), Vietnam currently has more than 30,000 sex workers, mostly in big cities like Hanoi, Ho Chi Minh City, Can Tho and Vung Tau.
The number of prostitutes is escalating for lack of strict regulations and complicated services in secret brothels, bars and public places.
Meanwhile, there is growing concern over human trafficking in border areas between Vietnam and China. Since the beginning of this year, border guards have detected 133 cases of human trafficking cases involving 158 persons and rescued 177 victims, including 16 children.
About 200 Vietnamese sex workers are reportedly operating mostly at gambling centres in border areas near Cambodia.