If you are a young person from the north-central Vietnamese provinces of Nghe An and Ha Tinh, the potentially lethal dangers of journeying thousands of miles and being illegally smuggled across borders by international trafficking networks seem like a small price to pay for the reward of little more than the opportunity to work. H.T.L., a young Vietnamese man from Ha Tinh who has spent the last five years illegally working in the UK, shared his own harrowing migration journey to what many Vietnamese consider ‘the promised land’ with Tuoi Tre (Youth) newspaper, in the hope of shedding light on the dangers that lie ahead for his rural Vietnamese countrymen who are looking outside their native borders for hope and opportunity. A journey to hell L.’s 2015 journey to the UK began in the same fashion as most migrants from Nghe An and Ha Tinh – with both intermediate and extended families draining their savings and pawning their assets to raise … [Read more...] about Vietnamese man shares grim journey to UK in search of better life
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Two women and a young child who were family members were killed after a fire broke out at their home in Ho Chi Minh City on early Saturday morning. The deadly incident occurred at around 1:30 am at a house on Vo Thi Nho Street in Tan Thuan Dong Ward, District 7, according to preliminary reports. The three victims were N.T.N.D., 45, N.T.M.H. – D.’s 41-year-old sister, and N.M.T. – H.’s two-year-old daughter. The house is burned down by the flames. Photo: Minh Hoa / Tuoi Tre The exact cause of the fire is yet to be determined, Cao Quoc Binh, the ward chairman, stated, adding that the couch on the first floor was the first to catch fire. The flames then spread to a motorbike and quickly spiraled out of control, while the victims were still asleep on the entresol. Some local residents noticed the fire and tried to wake up the people inside, but they could not reach them as the house was securely locked. The house is burned down by the flames. … [Read more...] about Three family members killed in Ho Chi Minh City house fire
A Vietnamese taxi driver accused an American woman of Vietnamese descendant of sexually harassing him on May 4 but oddly the latter had reported to local police that she was raped by another cabbie just a couple of days earlier. The accuser-turned-accused Pham Thi Thanh Ngoc, 40, is also the one who had lodged complaints to local police against a Vietnamese tabloid for what she called ostensible made-up stories last year that she raped many taxi drivers, one of whom was said to be forced to have sex with her over 30 times in two days. However, all of her accusations have been disproved by Vietnamese authorities eventually. Ngoc: I’m a rape victim The American woman told Tuoi Tre (Youth) newspaper on May 1 that she returned to Vietnam to meet a 31-year-old young man named N.Đ.T. living in the southern city of Vung Tau who proclaimed himself as a “poor kept man.” Ngoc said after having a vacation in Hanoi, she and the man in question flew to Ho Chi Minh City … [Read more...] about Vietnamese American’s rape accusation: Raping? Being raped? Or lies?