She returned to Vietnam in August after Chinese authorities raided and deported undocumented immigrants. More about how she returned later. Cut to the present. In a countryside garment factory in the northern Bac Giang Province, Bien sits beside a bunch of red cloth bags. Around her dozens of other workers are making bags on sewing machines, but not Bien: Her job is to affix the company label on the bags, and she gets less than VND100,000 ($4.32) a day for it. She was given that job after failing to learn sewing despite eight days of training at the factory. "It's too difficult, I can't sew," she says. Bien is one of many Vietnamese trafficking victims rescued from China who returned lost, damaged, with little assurance their life would ever go back to the normal old days. Before being trafficked to China, she had been quite resourceful, working her family's rice field in Dong Lo Commune in Bac Giang while also attending a babysitting class. On October 2, 1991, when she was 23, Bien … [Read more...] about The plight of human trafficking survivors: Back from hell but to what?
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The population of Vietnam will reach 90 million at 12 am on Friday, November 1, 2013, the General Office of Population and Family Planning reported. After learning of the many babies expected to be born around this hour nationwide, the agency has selected a baby expected to be born at that moment at the Central Obstetrics Hospital as the 90 millionth citizen of Vietnam. Immediately after the birth, Vice President Nguyen Thi Doan and a representative of the health ministry will visit the mother and baby and congratulate them on the special and significant occasion. According to a previous forecast released following a general population census conducted in 1989, the country’s population would reach 90 in 2002 and 105 million in 2010, Duong Quoc Trong, head of the agency, told Tuoi Tre. That means Vietnam will reach 90 million 11 years later than it was forecast. This performance is thanks to efforts to reduce birth rates properly by the country in the past years, Trong said. … [Read more...] about Vietnam’s population reaches 90 mln on Nov 1; issues to resolve