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Women work at a bar in Ho Chi Minh City. Many clubs and bars in Vietnam illegally offer sex services. Not surprisingly, she was very happy to hear about a recent proposal by officials to set up red-light areas in the city and other popular destinations around the country.
Most of the sex workers interviewed by Thanh Nien and those providing so-called "sensitive services" around the city supported the proposal, which was made at a meeting held by the social affairs ministry Friday. Officials said the ministry estimates the number of sex workers in the country to exceed 11, They said the current laws, under which sex workers are fined and those procuring the services can go to jail, have created thousands of clandestine businesses that mainly offer sex services.
They suggested moving all such businesses, including bars, night clubs and massage parlors, to one single area. Sociologists interviewed by Thanh Nien also support the plan, which they believe will help the government control the activity better and protect sex workers from human trafficking, sexual abuse, and diseases. She said besides the risks of infection, sex workers like her also have to deal with exploitation by pimps and brothel keepers.
If I refuse, they would beat me and prevent me from finding new clients. She said a legal red-light district would protect sex workers from such exploitation, and save them from fleeing at the sight of authorities.
If you keep trying to suppress it, someone will end up raping children. But several other workers are not very excited about the plan since they do not want to come out about their job. A Vietnamese-American man was found guilty of having sex with a minor and almost escaped jail time.