Viet Nam
5/10Government response rating
95,540,400Population
$6,790GDP (PPP)

Government Response

Milestone 1Survivors of slavery are identified and supported to exit and remain out of modern slavery
IndicatorRating
1.1.1National campaigns provide information to members of the public on how to report and identify victims.1
Campaigns on how to identify OR report potential victims, such as promotion of a hotline, website, or text messaging details, or distributing indicators of modern slavery AND must be distributed to the public at the NATIONAL level. NOT training for government officials, NGOs, embassy staff, health, and social workers AND occurred once since 30 June 2013. NOT general awareness campaigns that do not mention hotline or indicators of trafficking. NOT information is distributed to at-risk or specific populations or geographic locations, such as migrant workers or at-risk communities – this is covered under Milestone 4, 1.2.1.
Researcher NotesIndicator met – a TV advertisement advertised how to refer potential victims of trafficking via a hotline.
1.1.2These campaigns are distributed systematically and at regular intervals (as distinct from one-off, isolated).0
If yes to 1.1.1, information has been distributed annually since 30 June 2013 OR information is promoted regularly through social media AND there is evidence this online promotion has been regularly updated (at least once since 1 July 2017 – please refer to date of Facebook posts, or date of tweets, etc.). If no to 1.1.1, indicator not met.
Researcher NotesIndicator not met – evidence suggests campaigns are ad hoc.
1.1.3There has been an increase in reported cases of modern slavery from the public.0
If yes to 1.1.1, there has been an increase in public reports of modern slavery cases in recent years AND this increase in reports is related to the campaign OR has occurred since campaign information has been distributed to the public AND this must have occurred since 30 June 2013. If no to 1.1.1, indicator not met.
Researcher NotesIndicator not met – the number of identified potential victims of human trafficking has decreased from the previous year.
2.1.1There is a reporting mechanism, such as a hotline.1
Reporting mechanism exists whereby modern slavery crimes can be reported (either in isolation or as part of a larger phone service). This includes text messaging, an online form, or phone hotline AND this reporting mechanism must be operational between 1 July 2017 and 15 February 2019. If there are multiple hotlines covering different populations, please rate as indicator met.
Researcher NotesIndicator met – multiple regional hotlines exist as well as a national hotline.
2.1.2Reporting mechanism is available for men, women, and children.1
If yes to 2.1.1, this reporting mechanism is available for men, women, and children to report cases of modern slavery OR there are separate hotlines that cover men, women, and children. NOT a single hotline exists where women or children can report, while there is nowhere for men to report exploitation. Please refer to the most relevant reporting mechanism identified in 2.1.1 for indicators 2.1.2 through to 2.1.5. A modern slavery/trafficking hotline would be most relevant, followed by multiple hotlines that cover all sub-populations individually (e.g. for women and/or children). If multiple hotlines exist covering all sub- populations, please rate as indicator met. If some populations are not covered, please rate as indicator not met.
Researcher NotesIndicator met – There are no specifications on age or gender of victims for the national hotline. There are other additional hotlines available, specifically for children.
2.1.3Reporting mechanism is free of charge to access.0
If yes to 2.1.1, this reporting mechanism is free to access. If no to 2.1.1, indicator not met. Please refer to the most relevant reporting mechanism identified in 2.1.1 for indicators 2.1.2 through to 2.1.5. Modern slavery/trafficking hotline would be most relevant, followed by those which cover trafficked sub-populations (e.g. for women and/or children). If multiple hotlines exist covering different populations and all are free of charge, please rate as indicator met. If some of the available and relevant hotlines are not free of charge, please rate as indicator not met.
Researcher NotesIndicator not met – no information found.
2.1.4Reporting mechanism operates 24/7.1
If yes to 2.1.1, this reporting mechanism operates 24/7. If no to 2.1.1, indicator not met. Please refer to the most relevant reporting mechanism identified in 2.1.1 for indicators 2.1.2 through to 2.1.5. Modern slavery/trafficking hotline would be most relevant, followed by those that cover trafficked sub-populations (e.g. for women and/or children). If multiple hotlines exist covering different populations and all are available 24/7, please rate as indicator met. If some hotlines are not available 24/7, please rate as indicator not met.
Researcher NotesIndicator met – hotlines switch to different switchboard or to mobile handsets for "out of hours"
2.1.5The reporting mechanism operates in multiple languages or has capacity to provide immediate access to translators.0
If yes to 2.1.1, this reporting mechanism operates in multiple languages, or brings in translators as necessary. If no to 2.1.1, indicator not met. Please refer to the most relevant reporting mechanism identified in 2.1.1 for indicators 2.1.2 through to 2.1.5. Modern slavery/trafficking hotline would be most relevant, followed by those which cover trafficked sub-populations (e.g. for women and/or children). If multiple hotlines exist covering different populations and all are available in multiple languages, please rate as indicator met. If some hotlines are not available in multiple languages, please rate as indicator not met. Multiple languages means national language + at least one other language.
Researcher NotesIndicator not met – No information found.
2.2.1Training on basic legal frameworks and victim identification has been carried out for front-line “general duties” police.1
Training for front-line police has taken place on basic legal frameworks surrounding modern slavery AND victim identification AND training for police has occurred once since 30 June 2013. Definition of training includes formal in-person training as part of broader curriculum on human rights or other training programs, or as part of an online training program. Training can be provided by INGOs with government support (support defined as permission, development of the training, or monetary or in-kind support). NOT training manuals have been developed by INGOs, NGOs. NOT booklets with indicators of trafficking have been handed out to police. NOT training for immigration, border guards, or labour inspectors.
Researcher NotesIndicator met – there are trainings for front-line police.
2.2.4NegativeThere is evidence that police officers have not identified victims of modern slavery.0
If yes to 2.2.1, but police officers have not identified any victims of modern slavery between 1 July 2017 and 15 February 2019. If no to 2.2.1, indicator not met. This indicator is specifically asking if police who have received training have identified victims. Mark as “indicator met” where there has been a failure to identify victims post-training for police. If evidence suggests that victims have not been identified, but no training has occurred, please mark as “indicator not met.”
Researcher NotesIndicator not met – potential victims have been identified.
2.3.1Training on how to identify victims of modern slavery is provided to officials with front-line regulatory bodies likely to be “first responders.”1
Training covers indicators of modern slavery and how to refer individuals AND training is formal face-to-face or online modules AND training is provided to one or more of the following: border guards, immigration officials, labour inspectors AND training has been provided once since 30 June 2013. Training can be provided by INGOs with government support (support defined as permission, development of the training, or monetary or in-kind support). NOT leaflets have been distributed to labour inspectors or posters have been put up in airports on how to identify/report victims.
Researcher NotesIndicator met – Government led and international organisations supported trainings for 'front line officers' and border officials.
2.3.2Training on how to identify victims of modern slavery is provided to non-regulatory workers likely to be “first responders.”1
Training covers indicators of modern slavery and how to refer individuals AND training is formal face-to-face or online modules AND training is provided to one or more of the following: for teachers, doctors, nurses, social workers, tourism sector workers (including private tourism operators) AND training has been provided once since 30 June 2013. Training can be provided by INGOs with government support (support defined as permission, development of the training, or monetary or in-kind support). NOT leaflets on how to identify/report victims have been distributed to tour guides or posters put up in doctors surgeries.
Researcher NotesIndicator met – training provided for teachers, social workers, recruitment agencies and those in the tourism sector
2.3.3Training for first responders is delivered systematically and at regular intervals (as distinct from one-off, isolated).0
If yes to 2.3.1 OR 2.3.2, training is delivered at least every two years to at least one of the members of the above groups (labour inspectors, border guards, immigration officials, doctors, nurses, teachers, social workers, tourism sector workers) since 30 June 2013 AND training has been delivered to a significant proportion of these groups. OR yes to 2.3.1 AND 2.3.2 and training is delivered at least every two years to BOTH of these groups. NOT training has been delivered to each of these groups once since 2013. If no to 2.3.1 AND 2.3.2, then indicator not met.
Researcher NotesIndicator not met – trainings appear to be sporadic and not systematic.
3.1.1Victim support services are available for some suspected victims of modern slavery (men, women, non-binary, and children where relevant).1
Any kind of victim support service is available for men, women, non-binary individuals or children AND services must be government run, or funded by government, or provided with in-kind support from the government AND services must be operational between 1 July 2017 and 15 February 2019. NOT INGOs run a shelter without any government support. (Support defined as permission, development of the training, or monetary or in-kind support.)
Researcher NotesIndicator met – Support services provided by Ministry of Labour Invalids and Social Affairs, and The Vietnam Woman's Union.
3.1.2NegativeSuspected victims are held in shelters against their will and do not have a choice about whether or not to remain in a shelter.0
If yes to 3.1.1, adult victims are unable to leave a shelter or safe house when they wish (or are unable to leave without a chaperone). Children must also be able to leave when they wish but should be accompanied by a chaperone. If evidence that victims (adults and children) are detained against their will or are unable to leave unaccompanied (adults) or with a chaperone (children), this meets the criteria of the indicator. If no to 3.1.1, indicator not met.
Researcher NotesIndicator not met – no information found.
3.1.3Government contributes to the operational costs of the shelters and there are no significant resource gaps.1
If yes to 3.1.1, government provides support to the shelters. Support defined as in-kind or monetary support (not just permission). NOT INGO funds and runs a shelter or safe house. If no to 3.1.1, then indicator not met. If government provides some resources, but there are significant gaps not covered by INGOs or government, then please rate as indicator not met.
Researcher NotesIndicator met – Government provides financial and other forms of support for shelters.
3.1.4Physical and mental health services are provided to victims of modern slavery.1
If yes to 3.1.1, there is evidence of some physical AND mental health support for victims of modern slavery. If no to 3.1.1., then indicator not met. If government provides some physical and mental health support, but there are significant gaps not covered by INGOs or government, then please rate as indicator not met.
Researcher NotesIndicator met – physical healthcare and mental counselling support are provided.
3.1.5NegativeVictim support services are not available for all victims of modern slavery.0
If yes to 3.1.1 AND there have been identified modern slavery cases of men, women, non-binary individuals, children, or relevant groups such as foreign victims, forced labour victims, victims of commercial sexual exploitation, etc. AND there are NO specific shelters or services for them OR there is evidence that certain groups of victims have been turned away from shelters or services This has also occurred between 1 July 2017 and 15 February 2019. NOT services are not available for a particular group, but no cases within that group were identified. This indicator is measuring gaps in existing services.
Researcher NotesIndicator not met – most services available for all victims, however foreign victims are not entitled to certain types of support and some services may not be group specific, such as shelters for men.
3.1.7NegativeNo victims have accessed the services or shelters.0
If yes to 3.1.1, despite availability of services, victims have not accessed them AND this has occurred between 1 July 2017 and 15 February 2019. Examples include cases where facilities exist but victims are not being transferred to these facilities.
Researcher NotesIndicator not met – Field source confirms victims have accessed services.
3.2.1Services provide long-term reintegration support.1
If yes to 3.1.1, long- term reintegration is defined as evidence of financial support, provision of housing, job training and/or placement, or receipt of social welfare, or provision of education for victims of modern slavery AND there is evidence that these are available between 1 July 2017 and 15 February 2019. If no to 3.1.1, indicator not met. NOT visas are available for victims – this is covered under M1 3.2.2.
Researcher NotesIndicator met – long term reintegration support provided through vocational training/job assistance, financial support, and follow up.
3.2.2Visas are in place to address the migration situation of victims who want to remain.0
Visas are available so that foreign victims can receive support in the country where they are identified AND these are available between 1 July 2017 and 15 February 2019. Note: not dependent on 3.1.1. These visas include any type of longer- term visas or reflection period.
Researcher NotesIndicator not met – evidence provided shows visas are not available.
3.2.3Services are child-friendly.0
If yes to 3.1.1, children have specialised services, separate shelters, or are given some kind of special support (NOT including support in the criminal justice system) AND these are available between 1 July 2017 and 15 February 2019. If no to 3.1.1, indicator not met. NOT children are placed in correctional facilities, boarding schools, or other non-specialised institutions.
Researcher NotesIndicator not met – Some special provision offered for children, but the law sees children as under 16, not 18, meaning 16-17 year olds could have limited access to services.
3.2.4Victims are assisted to make contact with their family or contact person of choice.1
If yes to 3.1.1, victims are assisted to make contact with families by the government OR there is a family reunification program AND this is operating between 1 July 2017 and 15 February 2019. NOT family reunification program exists but is not currently funded. NOT INGOs operate a family reunification program without government support. If no to 3.1.1, then this indicator not met.
Researcher NotesIndicator met – support to contact family or others is provided to victims.
3.3.1Training has been carried out for all staff providing direct victim assistance services.1
If yes to 3.1.1, evidence of any training for those who provide direct victim support services. This training includes how to assist victims of modern slavery and can include do no harm principles, individualised treatment and care, comprehensive care, self-determination and participation, non-discrimination, confidentiality, and right to privacy OR direct assistance is provided by fully qualified social workers, psychologists, or doctors AND this has occurred since 30 June 2013. Training can be provided by INGOs with government support (support defined as permission, development of the training, or monetary or in-kind support). NOT training is provided by unskilled volunteers. If no to 3.1.1, not met this indicator. NOT general modern slavery training is provided to social workers. Direct victim assistance services means those services provided to workers who have regular contact with victims post-identification. It can include shelter workers, case managers, doctors, and psychologists.
Researcher NotesIndicator met – training provided by to staff providing direct services.
3.3.2Direct victim assistance services have been evaluated.1
If yes to 3.1.1, evidence of formal reporting or evaluation of direct victim support services has been undertaken AND this has occurred at least once since 30 June 2013. Evaluation (internal or external) is defined as an assessment of the current services against the service objectives and incorporating client feedback. NOT a description of the program or services provided. NOT ad hoc inspections without a clear sense of follow-up activities. NOT evaluations of the National Action Plan – this is covered under Milestone 3, 2.1.1.
Researcher NotesIndicator met – field sources from 2014 and 2017 confirm that evaluations of victim assistance programming have been prepared Ministry of Labor, Invalids, and Social Affairs (MOLISA).
4.1.1The government has clear national guidelines on identifying and screening victims for all first responders.0
National general guidelines exist for identification AND screening of victims AND have been distributed to all first responders AND this has occurred since 30 June 2013. First responders are defined as: immigration, border patrol, labour inspectors, NGOs, teachers, social workers, doctors, nurses, and the tourism industry. General guidelines should exist at the national level for all responders, NOT police have their own guidelines.
Researcher NotesIndicator not met – guidelines exist, but not clear if it is distributed to all first responders. Its use is reportedly patchy
4.1.2The guidelines make provision for a category of “presumed victims” who can be provided with services until a formal determination is made.0
If yes to 4.1.1, guidelines include provisions so victims who have not yet been assessed to be victims of modern slavery can still receive services. If no to 4.1.1, indicator not met. Examples include “presumed” categories within guidelines or “informal” assistance given to victims while determination is made.
Researcher NotesIndicator not met – though indicator 4.1.1 was not met, evidence suggests potential victims of trafficking are eligible to receive assistance until a final assessment is completed.
4.1.3The guidelines clearly set out which organisations have the authority to identify victims of modern slavery.0
If yes to 4.1.1, guidelines outline which organisations can or cannot formally identify victims of modern slavery. If no to 4.1.1, indicator not met. Examples include a list of approved agencies and NGOs that can identify and certify victims of modern slavery.
Researcher NotesIndicator not met – indicator 4.1.1 is not met.
4.2.1A “National Referral Mechanism” brings together government and civil society to ensure victims are being referred to services.0
There is a National Referral Mechanism for victims of modern slavery AND it includes government and non-governmental organisations AND it operated during the period between 1 July 2017 and 15 February 2019 A National Referral Mechanism is a group of approved NGOs and government agencies that refer victims to services. NOT evidence that victims have been referred without a national system in place.
Researcher NotesIndicator not met – Vietnam has a referral mechanism, but not a formal national referral mechanism. No recent information found
4.2.2There is evidence that victims are being referred to services using the National Referral Mechanism.0
There is evidence that victims are referred through the National Referral Mechanism AND this has happened at least once between 1 July 2017 and 15 February 2019.
Researcher NotesIndicator not met – Vietnam has a referral mechanism, but not a National Referral Mechanism and does not systematically refer victims due to inadequacies in the referral process.
Milestone 2Criminal justice mechanisms function effectively to prevent modern slavery
IndicatorRating
1.1.1Slavery Convention, 1926.1
Ratification or succession (denoted by a (d) in brackets) or accession (denoted by an (a) in brackets) of the 1926 Slavery Convention as of 15 February 2019. NOT signed the 1926 Slavery Convention WITHOUT accession, succession, or ratification.
Researcher NotesIndicator met- the Slavery Convention, 1926 was acceded to on 14 August 1956
1.1.2Supplementary Convention on the Abolition of Slavery, the Slave Trade, and Institutions and Practices Similar to Slavery, 1956.1
Ratification, or succession (d) or accession (a) of the Supplementary Convention on the Abolition of Slavery, the Slave Trade, and Institutions and Practices Similar to Slavery, 1956 as of 15 February 2019. NOT signed the Supplementary Convention on the Abolition of Slavery, the Slave Trade, and Institutions and Practices Similar to Slavery, 1956 WITHOUT accession, succession, or ratification.
Researcher NotesIndicator met- The Convention had been signed on behalf of the Republic of Viet-Nam on 7 September 1956.
1.1.3Protocol to Prevent, Suppress and Punish Trafficking in Persons, Especially Women and Children, supplementing the United Nations Convention against Transnational Organized Crime, 2000.1
Ratification, acceptance (A), accession (a), or succession (d) of the Protocol to Prevent, Suppress and Punish Trafficking in Persons, Especially Women and Children, supplementing the United Nations Convention against Transnational Organized Crime, 2000 as of 15 February 2019. NOT signed the Protocol to Prevent, Suppress and Punish Trafficking in Persons, Especially Women and Children, supplementing the United Nations Convention against Transnational Organized Crime 2000, WITHOUT ratification, acceptance, accession, or succession.
Researcher NotesIndicator met – Acceded on 8 Jun 2012
1.1.4ILO Abolition of Forced Labour Convention, 1957 (No. 105).0
Status must be “In Force” for the Abolition of Forced Labour Convention, 1957 (No. 105) AND “In Force” as of 15 February 2019. NOT “In Force” for the ILO Forced Labour Convention, 1930 (No. 29).
Researcher NotesIndicator not met- The C105- Abolition of Forced Labour Convention, 1957 is not tn force
1.1.5ILO Domestic Workers Convention, 2011 (No. 189).0
Status must be “In Force” for the Domestic Workers Convention, No, 189 AND “In Force” as of 15 February 2019.
Researcher NotesIndicator not met- The Domestic Workers Convention, 2011 is not in force.
1.1.6ILO Worst Forms of Child Labour Convention, 1999 (No. 182).1
Status must be “In Force” for the ILO Worst Forms of Child Labour Convention, 1999, (No. 182) AND “In Force” as of 15 February 2019
Researcher NotesIndicator met – Ratified 19 Dec 2000
1.1.7Optional Protocol to the Convention on the Rights of the Child on the involvement of children in armed conflict, 2000.1
Ratification, succession (d), or accession (a) of the Optional Protocol to the Convention on the Rights of the Child on the involvement of children in armed conflict, 2000 as of 15 February 2019 NOT signed the Optional Protocol to the Convention on the Rights of the Child on the involvement of children in armed conflict, 2000 WITHOUT accession, ratification, or succession
Researcher NotesIndicator met – Ratified 20 Dec 2001
1.1.8Optional Protocol to the Convention on the Rights of the Child on the sale of children, child prostitution and child pornography, 2000.1
Ratification, succession (d), or accession (a) of the Optional Protocol to the Convention on the Rights of the Child on the sale of children, child prostitution and child pornography 2000 as of 15 February 2019. NOT signed the Optional Protocol to the Convention on the Rights of the Child on the sale of children, child prostitution and child pornography, 2000 WITHOUT accession, ratification, or succession
Researcher NotesIndicator met – Ratified 20 Dec 2001
1.1.9International Convention on the Protection of the Rights of All Migrant Workers and Members of their Families, 1990.0
Ratification, succession (d) or accession (a) of the International Convention on the Protection of the Rights of All Migrant Workers and Members of their Families, 1990 as of 15 February 2019. NOT signed the Optional Protocol to the Convention on the Rights of the Child on the sale of children, child prostitution and child pornography, 2000 WITHOUT accession, ratification, or succession.
Researcher NotesIndicator not met – Not Ratified
1.1.10P029 – Protocol of 2014 to the Forced Labour Convention, 1930.0
Status must be “In Force” for the Protocol of 2014 to the Forced Labour Convention, 1930 AND “In Force” as of 15 February 2019.
Researcher NotesIndicator not met- The Protocol of 2014 to the Forced Labour Convention, 1930 is not in force
1.2.1Human trafficking is criminalised.0
Human trafficking is listed as a standalone article in the penal code or criminal code OR human trafficking is criminalised under a distinct piece of legislation AND within either the penal code or distinct legislation human trafficking does not require movement of individuals across international borders AND the legislation covers men, women, and children. This is current as of 15 February 2019. Movement may include cross-border/transnational movement or internal movement such as movement from a rural to urban location. Definition of trafficking includes action, means, and purpose. Trafficking in persons shall require action (e.g. recruitment, transportation, transfer, or harbouring), means (e.g. by means of the threat or use of force or other forms of coercion, of abduction, of fraud), and purpose (eg. exploitation). For children, trafficking shall not require the means component and this is reflected in legislation.
Researcher NotesIndicator not met – Provisions related to trafficking in persons are found in the Penal Code which criminalises sex and labour trafficking under articles 119 and 120. These were expanded under the 2012 Anti Trafficking Law to include 'sexual exploitation, forced labour or removal of human organs or other inhuman purposes'. However review of the 2015 version of the Penal Code, children are defined as under 16 years old, therefore creating inconsistencies with the UN Trafficking Protocol
1.2.2Slavery is criminalised.0
Slavery is criminalised as a distinct crime. The offence of slavery must include a situation in which the status or condition of a person over whom any or all of the powers attaching to the right of ownership are exercised. Slavery may be listed as a standalone crime in the penal or criminal code or in trafficking-specific legislation or in another act. NOT slavery is prohibited in the Constitution. This is current as of 15 February 2019.
Researcher NotesIndicator not met – Slavery is only included in descriptions of human trafficking.
1.2.3Forced labour is criminalised.1
Forced labour is criminalised as a distinct crime. Forced or compulsory labour means all work or service which is exacted from any person under the menace of any penalty and for which the said person has not offered himself or herself voluntarily. Does not include compulsory military service, work which forms part of the normal civic obligations of the citizen, or work performed in cases of emergency (such as war, fire, famine, or flood). The offence of forced labour must include (1) work performed under the menace of any penalty AND (2) work for which the said person has not offered himself voluntarily. These two components must be present in order for the indicator to have been met. Forced labour may be listed as a standalone crime in the penal or criminal code or in trafficking-specific legislation or in another act. This is current as of 15 February 2019.
Researcher NotesIndicator met – all forms of forced labour criminalised under the Penal Code Article 297.
1.2.4Use of children in armed conflict is criminalised.0
Criminal code or standalone legislation specifically criminalises use of children in armed conflict. NOT where the age of recruitment is 18 but there is no criminalisation of the use of children in armed forces. Must cover use of children in state (national army) and non-state armed groups. This is current as of 15 February 2019.
Researcher NotesIndicator not met – legislation does not explicitly criminalise the use of children in armed conflict.
1.2.5Child prostitution is criminalised.1
The penal or criminal code or trafficking legislation includes provisions that it is an offence: to sell/force a child into prostitution AND to purchase sexual acts with a child. NOT met when selling a child is criminalised AND child sex abuse is criminalised (second component must criminalise purchase of sex with a child). This is current as of 15 February 2019.
Researcher NotesIndicator met – the criminal code article 329 criminalises engaging in prostitution with a child under 18 years old, even though Viet Nam regards a child as being below the age of 16. Articles 327 and 328 criminalises the facilitation of prostitution of others. The new Criminal Code came into force 1 January 2018
1.2.6Forced marriage is criminalised.1
Forced marriage is criminalised as a distinct crime, in the penal or criminal code, trafficking-specific legislation, or other act NOT the legal age of marriage is set at 18. If kidnapping is required to be present for the crime of forced marriage to occur, this is indicator not met. This is current as of 15 February 2019.
Researcher NotesIndicator met – Under the Penal Code Articles 146 and 181 and the Law on Marriage and Family Article 5, forced marriage is prohibited.
1.2.7NegativeCriminal laws have disproportionate penalties.-1
Penalties as laid out in legislation are cruel or inhumane OR are not sufficient enough to deter future offenders. This does NOT refer to judicial sentences, rather to the punishments outlined in legislation. Cruel and inhumane punishments include torture, deliberately degrading punishment, or punishment that is too severe – capital punishment, whipping, or other forms of physical violence. Insufficient punishments would include fines for modern slavery related crimes. This is current as of 15 February 2019.
Researcher NotesIndicator met – traffickers can face minimal penalties, such as fines for forced labour, or the death penalty for other human trafficking cases.
1.4.1National laws allow victims to participate in the legal system regardless of their role as a witness.1
National laws allow victims to participate in the legal system regardless of their role as a witness. This includes: allowing victims to give evidence (without being called as a witness) OR providing information on the court processes in languages victims understand OR allowing victims to inspect and add documents to the file OR the admission of victim impact statements. NOT there is evidence or a general statement that victims participate in the criminal justice process as witnesses. Relevant national laws include criminal procedure code or criminal law (sentencing) acts. This is current as of 15 February 2019.
Researcher NotesIndicator met – Victims are encouraged to participate and can provide testimonies.
1.4.2Law recognizes that victims should not be treated as criminals for conduct that occurred while under control of criminals.0
National laws recognise victims are not criminals for conduct during enslavement AND this must refer to modern slavery crimes, not general provisions in legislation. Modern slavery crimes are defined as human trafficking, forced labour, slavery, forced marriage, and children in armed conflict. NOT there is no evidence that victims have been criminalised. This is current as of 15 February 2019.
Researcher NotesIndicator not met- legislation could not be found to confirm if victims were liable for criminal conduct committed while exploited
1.4.3Visas to stay in the country are not dependent on victim participation in the court process.0
Visas to remain are not tied to a victim’s participation in the court process. For example, visas are awarded to trafficking victims on the basis of humanitarian or personal reasons, not because they have agreed to participate in the court process. This is current as of 15 February 2019.
Researcher NotesIndicator not met – No information found.
1.4.5NegativeThere is evidence that victims of modern slavery have been treated as criminals for conduct that occurred while under control of criminals.0
Victims have been arrested for crimes committed while under the control of the person exploiting them AND this has occurred between 1 July 2017 and 15 February 2019. NOT foreign nationals have been deported OR detained for immigration offences (no visa, overstaying visa, etc.) – this is covered under Milestone 3, 3.2.2. Examples would be victims who have been arrested on prostitution charges or arrested for drug production. If victims are arrested and released as soon as it is realised that they are victims, please rate as indicator not met.
Researcher NotesIndicator not met – Vietnamese law protects victims from being prosecuted for actions taken as a consequence of being subjected to trafficking.
2.1.1Free legal services for victims of modern slavery are made explicit in legislation.1
Any type of free legal services or advice exists in legislation, including free legal advice and free legal representation AND these are either specific to victims of modern slavery OR victims of modern slavery can access broader legal advice, which is available for all victims of crime. NOT legal services are available, but not free. NOT free legal services are available only for citizens, not foreign victims. NOT free legal services are available for certain types of crime (such as violent crime) and modern slavery is not specified. NOT free legal services are offered by NGOs, but not made explicit in legislation. If free legal services exist in legislation AND there is no evidence they are not being used, please rate as indicator met. If free legal services exist in practice, but there is no evidence of their existence in legislation, please rate as indicator met. If free legal services are NOT in legislation and no evidence of these being used, please rate as indicator not met. This is current as of 15 February 2019. If free legal services exist in legislation and there is evidence they are not used or are poorly implemented, please rate as indicator not met.
Researcher NotesIndicator met – There are free legal services provided by the government in accordance to the human trafficking law.
2.1.3Witness and victim protection mechanisms are explicit in legislation to ensure that neither witnesses nor victims are intimidated nor interfered with INSIDE the court.0
Government operated or supported witness and victim protection mechanisms exist in legislation so that victims are not intimidated or interfered with INSIDE the court. Government operated or supported is defined as government run or funded by government or provided with in-kind support from the government. NOT applicable outside the courtroom (see Milestone 2, indicator 2.1.4). Victim protection mechanisms inside the courtroom refers to provision of video testimony, victims are not cross-examined, and victims are protected from perpetrators. If witness protection mechanisms exist in legislation AND there is no evidence they are not being used, please rate as indicator met. If witness protection mechanisms exist in practice, but there is no evidence of their existence in legislation, please rate as indicator met. If witness protection mechanisms are NOT in legislation and there is no evidence of these being used, please rate as indicator not met. This is current as of 15 February 2019. If witness protection mechanisms exist in legislation and there is evidence they are not used or are poorly implemented, please rate as indicator not met.
Researcher NotesIndicator not met – some protections offered in legislation, but there is no evidence these protections have been used in practice.
2.1.4Witness and victim protection mechanisms are explicit in legislation to ensure that neither witnesses nor victims are intimidated nor interfered with OUTSIDE the court.0
Government operated or supported witness and victim protection mechanisms exist in legislation so that victims are not intimidated or interfered with OUTSIDE the court. Government operated or supported is defined as government run or funded by government or provided with in-kind support from the government. NOT applicable inside the court room (see Milestone 2, indicator 2.1.3.). Witness and victim protection mechanisms include an official witness protection program where individuals are provided with security, new identities, and relocation support, or protection whereby the victim’s identity is not revealed to the public. If witness protection mechanisms exist in legislation AND there is no evidence they are not being used, please rate as indicator met. If witness protection mechanisms exist in practice but there is no evidence of their existence in legislation, please rate as indicator met. If witness protection mechanisms are NOT in legislation and no evidence of these being used, please rate as indicator not met. This is current as of 15 February 2019. If witness protection mechanisms exist in legislation and there is evidence, they are not used or are poorly implemented, please rate as indicator not met.
Researcher NotesIndicator not met – protection available in law, but no evidence found for use or implementation post 2012.
2.1.5The legal framework supports compensation or restitution for victims of modern slavery from perpetrators.1
The legal framework allows victims of modern slavery to receive compensation for damages incurred as a result of exploitation OR the legal framework allows victims of modern slavery to receive restitution for damages incurred as a result of exploitation. Compensation is when a court orders the defendant (perpetrator) to pay the claimant (victim) for his/her loss. Restitution is when a court orders the defendant (perpetrator) to give up his/her gains to the claimant (victim). When the compensation and/or restitution is available only for victims of violent crimes, please mark as indicator not met, as this may exclude some victims of modern slavery who are not subject to violent crimes. If compensation and/or restitution exists in legislation AND there is no evidence they are not being used, please rate as indicator met. If compensation and/or restitution exists in practice, but there is no evidence of their existence in legislation, please rate as indicator met. If compensation and/or restitution is NOT in legislation and no evidence of these being used, please rate as indicator not met. This is current as of 15 February 2019. If compensation and/or restitution exists in legislation and there is evidence they are not used or are poorly implemented, please rate as indicator not met.
Researcher NotesIndicator met – Victims can be provided compensation from the government, and laws stipulate that offenders must provide compensation.
2.1.6Child-friendly services are provided for in legislation.1
Legislation specifies that children require special services during the court case and NOT there is any evidence of child- friendly services being used in court. Child-friendly services include the use of screens or video testimonies, training of judges in child- friendly questioning, and the use of one support person or guardian during the court process. If child-friendly services exist in legislation AND there is no evidence they are not being used, please rate as indicator met. If child-friendly services exist in practice but there is no evidence of their existence in legislation, please rate as indicator met. If child-friendly services are NOT in legislation and there is no evidence of these being used, please rate as indicator not met. This is current as of 15 February 2019. If child-friendly services exist in legislation and there is evidence they are not used or are poorly implemented, please rate as indicator not met.
Researcher NotesIndicator met – child-friendly interviewing and family/guardian assistance.
3.1.1Specialised law enforcement units exist.1
Has to be a specialised law enforcement unit or a sub-unit or team within the law enforcement structure that has specialised mandate to conduct investigations into modern slavery, OR provide specialist support for colleagues AND this unit is operating since 30 June 2013. NOT local level anti-trafficking coordination bodies.
Researcher NotesIndicator met – police department of Vietnam has a specialist anti-trafficking unit – C45 (Criminal Investigation Department).
3.2.1Training is provided to the judiciary.1
Training for the judiciary has taken place on human trafficking and related legislation, victim needs in the court room, basic international legal standards in modern slavery cases, trends in modern slavery in the country, and victim profiles AND training for judiciary has occurred once since 30 June 2013. Definition of training includes formal in-person training or an online training program as part of broader curriculum on human rights or other training programs. Training can be provided by INGOs with government support (support defined as permission, development of the training, or monetary or in-kind support). NOT training manuals have been developed by INGOs, NGOs. NOT booklets with description of modern slavery laws have been handed out to judiciary.
Researcher NotesIndicator met – there have been trainings to the judiciary with support from the Government of Vietnam on Articles 150 and 151
3.2.2Training is provided to prosecutors.1
Training for prosecutors has taken place on human trafficking and related legislation, victim needs in the court room, basic international legal standards in modern slavery cases, trends in modern slavery in the country, and victim profiles AND training for prosecutors has occurred once since 30 June 2013. Definition of training includes formal in-person training or an online training program as part of broader curriculum on human rights or other training programs. Training can be provided by INGOs with government support (support defined as permission, development of the training, or monetary or in-kind support). NOT training manuals have been developed by INGOs, NGOs. NOT booklets with description of modern slavery laws have been handed out to prosecutors.
Researcher NotesIndicator met – Training for prosecutors was provided with government support. These trainings tend to be organised by international organisations with government support
3.2.4Training is systematic and recurrent (as distinct from one-off, isolated).0
If yes to 3.2.1, 3.2.2, OR 3.2.3, training is has occurred at least once to at least one of the above groups (judiciary or prosecutors) since 30 June 2013 AND training has been delivered to a significant proportion of one or both of these groups OR yes to 3.2.1, 3.2.2, OR 3.2.3 and training has been delivered at least once to BOTH groups (judiciary and prosecutors) since 30 June 2013. NOT training has been delivered to each of these groups once since 2013. If no to 3.2.1, AND 3.2.2, then indicator not met.
Researcher NotesIndicator not met – No information found.
3.2.5NegativeJudicial punishments are NOT proportionate to severity of the crime and culpability of the offender.-1
Judicial punishments are either too lenient or too harsh for offenders AND this has occurred during the period 1 July 2017 to 15 February 2019. Examples of too lenient include giving of fines, suspended sentences, and sentences that are less than the prescribed minimum. Examples of too harsh are corporal punishment and capital punishment.
Researcher NotesIndicator met – under the amended penal code, convictions should have a minimum of five years imprisonment but evidence suggests some imprisonment penalties may be as short as two years imprisonment or non- custodial probation
Milestone 3Coordination occurs at the national level and across borders, and governments are held to account for their response
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1.1.1National coordination body exists involving both government and NGOs.0
National coordination body on modern slavery (trafficking, slavery, forced labour, children in armed conflict) exists that includes both NGOs and government representatives AND this group met at least once between 1 July 2017 and 15 February 2019. This body coordinates the whole of the government response to modern slavery. NOT a National Action Plan. NOT a group or body that refers victims – this is covered under Milestone 1, 4.2.1.
Researcher NotesIndicator not met – the steering committee leads the national effort to implement the 130 program and included government officials and coordination with NGOs. However, it is unclear if the committee was active during the reporting period and if it has been disbanded with all of its duties being transferred to the Ministry of Public Security.
1.2.1A National Action Plan exists with clear indicators and allocation of responsibilities.1
Any National Action Plan (NAP) on modern slavery, or that covers any component of modern slavery, such as trafficking, forced marriage, forced marriage, children in armed conflict AND this NAP covers part or all of the period 1 July 2017 and 15 February 2019. NOT child labour NAPs, or broader human rights NAPs, women empowerment NAPs, unless they include a specific modern slavery section. NOT regional action plans, such as the Regional Action Plan to End Child Marriage in South Asia (developed with SAARC countries).
Researcher NotesIndicator met – there is an existing National Action Plan that has been approved and is currently in the third phase of implementation.
1.3.2Government routinely releases reports on its actions to combat modern slavery and uses the National Action Plan as a framework for reporting its actions.1
If yes to 1.2.1, the government releases annual reports against the National Action Plan, including process reviews of major anti-slavery initiatives, budgets/expenditures, and implementation plans for the following year/s. If no to 1.2.1, then this indicator cannot be met. These reports have been released at least once since June 2013.
Researcher NotesIndicator met – the existing National Action Plan is reviewed annually and at the conclusion of the current National Action Plan, prior to a new plan being implemented.
1.3.5Activities in the National Action Plan are fully funded.0
If yes to 1.2.1, there is evidence that there is a budget attached to the NAP and this is fully funded. Indicator still met if the NAP is part funded by government and part funded by IOs or NGOs, but that all activities are funded. NOT the activities are costed, but it is unclear where this money is coming from OR there are reports of significant gaps in funding that are not plugged by IOs, NGOs or other agencies. If no to 1.2.1, then this indicator cannot be met.
Researcher NotesIndicator not met – Funds are allocated from the central budget to finance the action plan, but evidence that these are not distributed
2.1.1Independent entity to monitor the implementation and effectiveness of National Action Plan exists.0
An independent entity is established to monitor the activities of the government in relation to its anti-modern slavery efforts. This body can be outside the NAP and does not have to focus solely on modern slavery. Independent entity can be an independent statutory body or individual or other third party that DOES NOT implement the government response to modern slavery. Examples would include a Human Rights Commission or National Rapporteur. NOT regional entities that inspect government responses, such as Group of Experts on Action against Trafficking in Human Beings (GRETA) in Europe. Entity must exist as of 15 February 2019.
Researcher NotesIndicator not met – No information found.
3.1.1The government is involved in a regional response.1
The government is part of a regional response. A relevant regional body includes: – A body with more than two country representatives as members of the group, and – A focus on some form of modern slavery. The government must have signed onto, or have agreed to abide by, the shared values and objectives developed by the group (i.e. a code of conduct or an MoU on proposed outcomes) Regional body must exist as of 15 February 2019.
Researcher NotesIndicator met- ASEAN, ASEANAPOL, BP, BP AHG, BPGBF and COMMIT have taken some steps to combat modern slavery since 1st July 2017.
3.1.3Agreements exist between the government and countries of origin and/or destination to collaborate on modern slavery issues.1
Agreements exist between governments of countries of origin and/or destination on modern slavery issues to collaborate on modern slavery issues. NOT labour migration agreements (covered under M3 3.2.6). NOT evidence of repatriation (covered under M3 3.2.1). These agreements must be current as of 15 February 2019
Researcher NotesIndicator met- bilateral agreements between Australia and Viet Nam, as part of AAPTIP exists, as does an MoU between Cambodia and Viet Nam. As part of COMMIT, Viet Nam has signed agreements with Cambodia, Thailand, Lao, and China. There are reports of an agreement between the Viet Nam and Taiwan
3.2.1The government cooperates with the government of the home country to facilitate repatriation.1
The government cooperates with home country for voluntary repatriation of foreign nationals. This could include repatriation mediated by IOM (MUST have evidence that police or government authorities refer victims to IOM) AND this has occurred since 30 June 2013. NOT evidence of deportation. Repatriation refers to the voluntary return of individuals to their home country with their consent. Deportation refers to the removal of individuals from a country without their consent.
Researcher NotesIndicator met – Through bi-lateral agreements on repatriation, the government cooperated with foreign embassies of the home country to facilitate repatriation.
3.2.4NegativeForeign victims are detained and/or deported for immigration violations.0
Foreign victims are detained in detention facilities or deported for immigration violations. Can include instances where victims are detained for a breach of visa conditions OR instances where foreign victims are deported to countries of origin without access to assistance. This occurred between 1 July 2017 and 15 February 2019. Note: if victims are arrested for crimes committed while enslaved, please refer to Milestone 2, 1.4.2.
Researcher NotesIndicator not met – No information found.
3.2.6Agreements exist between countries on labour migration, which provide protection for labour migrants.1
These agreements provide protection for labour migrants, NOT agreements regarding number of labour migrants sent/received. For countries that are part of the EU, membership is not sufficient to offer protection. Instead, please see whether national legislation has been harmonised with EU requirements under EU law. See Group of Experts on Action against Trafficking in Human Beings (GRETA) reports for countries in Europe. These agreements must be current as of 15 February 2019.
Researcher NotesIndicator met- the bilateral labour agreement between Ukraine and Viet Nam includes provisions for protection of labour migrants.
Milestone 4Risk factors, such as attitudes, social systems, and institutions that enable modern slavery are addressed
IndicatorRating
1.1.1Government facilitates or funds non-prevalence research on modern slavery.1
Government funds or has been actively involved in research on any type of modern slavery, including responses to modern slavery, and the attitudes, social systems and institutions that place people at risk of modern slavery AND this has occurred at least once since 30 June 2013. Active involvement is defined as development of the research, participation in the research, or monetary or in-kind support. Modern slavery includes trafficking, forced labour, slavery, worst forms of child labour, forced marriage, and use of child soldiers. NOT civil society conducts research without government involvement. NOT government conducts research on child labour. NOT government conducts prevalence research.
Researcher NotesIndicator met – research suggests government has supported a needs assessment for a national referral mechanism and a study into Sexual Exploitation of Children
1.1.2Government facilitates or funds research on prevalence or estimation studies of modern slavery.0
The government funds or has been actively involved in prevalence or estimation studies of modern slavery AND this has occurred at least once since 30 June 2013. Active involvement is defined as development of the research, participation in the research, or monetary or in-kind support. Modern slavery includes trafficking, forced labour, slavery, worst forms of child labour, forced marriage, and use of child soldiers. The research must provide estimations of the number of people in modern slavery. NOT civil society conducts research without government involvement.
Researcher NotesIndicator not met – No information found.
1.1.3Government interventions that aim to address modern slavery are evidence-based.0
There is evidence that government interventions or programs are based on strategies or theories of change identified by research AND this has occurred since 30 June 2013. Evidence can include a broader government strategy that incorporates modern slavery research, the National Action Plan incorporates modern slavery research or that the National Action Plan or strategy is reviewed in line with recent modern slavery research.
Researcher NotesIndicator not met – unclear if research has been used to inform evidence based policy
1.2.1Awareness campaigns target specific known risks of modern slavery.1
Any awareness campaign implemented by the government that provides detailed information on how to avoid the risks of modern slavery AND has run at least once since 30 June 2013. Campaign can be implemented by the government with a partner NGO OR funded by the government and implemented by an NGO. These campaigns can include domestic violence, forced marriage, child marriage, the worst forms of child labour, child soldiers, and risky migration practices. NOT an awareness-raising, counter-trafficking campaign run by an international organisation. NOT promotion of the hotline – this is covered under Milestone 1, 1.1.1.
Researcher NotesIndicator met – awareness campaigns targeted at risk populations.
1.3.2The government conducts labour inspections in the informal and formal sectors and acts to address exploitative practice.0
The government conducts labour inspections in order to address exploitative practice. Government funding is defined as monetary or in-kind support. Informal sector includes workers in unregulated industries such as sex work, brick kilns, agriculture, fishing, and domestic work AND these inspections have occurred since 30 June 2013. NOT private companies conduct their own inspections. NOT labour inspectors are trained to identify modern slavery – this is covered under Milestone 1, 2.3.1.
Researcher NotesIndicator not met – Circular 17/2018/TT-BLDTBXH (“Circular 17”) suggests that governments do not conduct labour inspections and self-inspections are encouraged.
1.3.3All are able to access to health care.0
All are able to access affordable health care within in a given country. Affordable health care includes the presence of state health care schemes, community health schemes, or financial assistance focused on providing access to health care for vulnerable groups. Health care is available for all and does not discriminate based on gender, ethnicity, religious background, or geographic region. NOT health care is available for victims of modern slavery – this is covered under Milestone 1, 3.1.4. For example, if health care is too costly, thereby excluding certain groups, or health care is too centralised, thereby excluding certain geographical regions, please rate as indicator not met. This health care system is available as of 15 February 2019.

Specific rating rules: 1) https://www.who.int/country-cooperation/what-who-does/strategies-and-briefs/en/ 2) https://www.ilo.org/wcmsp5/groups/public/—dgreports/—dcomm/—publ/documents/publication/wcms_604882.pdf Using these two sources, if there is no evidence of exclusion of certain groups (WHO country cooperation) and at least 90 percent of the population can access health care (ILO) then this indicator is met.

Researcher NotesIndicator not met- Universal Health Care Service Coverage Index (SDG 3.8.1) score is less than 80 at 73
1.3.4All children are able to access public primary education regardless of ethno-cultural or religious background.1
Public primary education system exists and children are able to access public primary education. All children are able to access education, regardless of gender, ethnicity, religious background, or geographic region. For example, if primary education is too costly, thereby excluding attendance by certain groups of children, or education is not available to certain groups (such as Roma), please rate as indicator not met. This primary education system is available as of 15 February 2019.

Specific rating rules: 1) https://data.unicef.org/topic/education/primary-education/ 2) https://www.dol.gov/agencies/ilab/resources/reports/child-labor/findings Using these two sources, if there is evidence that free public education exists and that less than 10 percent of the population are out of school, then this indicator is met.

Researcher NotesIndicator met- primary school age children are accessing education in Viet Nam
1.4.1National laws criminalise corruption in the public sector.1
Public corruption is criminalised in legislation. Public sector includes government officials, including police, immigration, and border guards. Corruption includes, at a minimum, bribery of officials. Please refer to legislation, not to instances of combating corruption. This is current as of 15 February 2019.
Researcher NotesIndicator met-corruption is criminalised by Articles 289 and 279 of the Penal Code.
1.4.3NegativeReports of individual officials’ complicity in modern slavery cases have not been investigated.-1
Any reports of individual officials’ complicity or corruption in modern slavery cases between 1 July 2017 and 15 February 2019. Individual officials include: government officials, police, immigration officials, border guards, and labour inspectors. Excludes consular staff (covered by Milestone 4, indicator 1.7.5). MUST be related to modern slavery crimes (trafficking, forced labour, slavery, forced marriage, use of child soldiers, and worst forms of child labour). NOT evidence of general corruption of law enforcement. MUST refer to more than one report of complicity within the reporting period AND no steps have been taken to investigate these reports.[1 ]
Researcher NotesIndicator met – NGOs have reported complicit officials, and there is no evidence that they have been investigated
1.5.1All are able to access birth registration (rates).1
All are able to access the government run or supported birth registration system. Can include systems that are implemented or funded by INGOs, but with government support. Government support is defined as development of the birth registration system, participation in the system, or monetary or in-kind support. Covering the entire population refers to the percentage of people who are registered. Indicator is not met if less than 95 percent of the population is registered, OR specific groups are missing. See UNICEF statistics and supplement with additional research on missing vulnerable populations. Vulnerable populations can include ethnic, cultural, or religious groups whose members do not have equal access to birth registration.

Specific rating rules: https://data.unicef.org/topic/child-protection/birth-registration/ Using UNICEF data, rate as indicator met if over 95 percent of the population has their birth registered.

Researcher NotesIndicator met- 96% of the population have had their births registered
1.5.2Systems are in place to allow asylum seekers to seek protection.0
There are policies and procedures in place that enable asylum seekers to access basic support and protection within a country’s borders. Services may be provided by IOs/NGOs with government support. Government support is defined as development of the asylum seeker system, participation in the system, or monetary or in-kind support. NOT asylum seekers are detained without access to services. NOT asylum seekers are deported without their claims being assessed. NOT asylum seekers claims are assessed outside of the country where they sought asylum. This system is available as of 15 February 2019.

Specific rating rules: Data collected from: 1) https://www.state.gov/j/drl/rls/hrrpt/humanrightsreport/index.htm#wrapper 2) https://www.amnesty.org/en/countries/ 3) https://freedomhouse.org/report/freedom-world/freedom-world-2018 4) https://www.hrw.org/world-report/2018 The key elements that help us to decide if an indicator has or hasn’t been met are: 1) There are legal protections available – so legislation or laws or systems exist where asylum seekers and refugees are able to seek protection. 2) That in practice, asylum seekers or refugees are NOT criminalised, discriminated against by the government, or deported, or detained.

Researcher NotesIndicator not met- there are no legal protections for asylum seekers and refugees in Viet Nam, and there is evidence of systematic arrest of these groups.
1.6.3Laws or policies state that private recruitment fees are paid by the employer, not the employee.0
Government legislation or policies state that recruitment fees payable to recruitment agencies are not charged to the employee (i.e. are paid by the employer, not employee). Please check Labour Code or Employment Act for this information This is available as of 15 February 2019.
Researcher NotesIndicator not met – labour code allows agencies to collect fees.
1.6.5Labour laws extend to everyone, including migrant workers, domestic workers, and those in the fishing and construction sectors.0
The legal definition of an employee includes all vulnerable workers, such as domestic workers, migrant workers, construction workers, maritime workers, etc. If the jurisdiction does not have a generic definition of an employee or a labour code, the information can come from NGOs, related legislation, or reports. NOT domestic workers are not explicitly mentioned in legislation. NOT labour protections do not cover fishermen in territorial waters. This indicator does not extend to army, judiciary and civil service – if these are NOT included, and all other groups are included, this is still indicator met. This is available as of 15 February 2019.
Researcher NotesIndicator not met – labour law covers Vietnamese, foreign, fishery, domestic workers, but the law does not apply to specific types of domestic workers including home-based work in the form of processing and piece-meal.
1.6.7NegativePatterns of abuse of labour migrants are institutionalised, or systematic and unchecked.0
Abuse of migrant workers is institutionalised, or systematic and not addressed. Institutionalised means that these practices are part of government policy, or that these patterns of abuse are systematic and the government is taking little if any action to address this. Patterns of abuse includes multiple instances of the following: high recruitment fees, or high interest rates on fees making it impossible to pay them back, or withheld passports, is a common occurrence by the majority of employers, or most workers have restrictions placed on their movement by their employers AND this occurred between 1 July 2017 and 15 February 2019. NOT instances of these abuses are reported, but the government is taking action against these.
Researcher NotesIndicator not met – No information found.
1.6.9NegativeThere are laws or policies that prevent or make it difficult for workers to leave abusive employers without risk of loss of visa and deportation and/or security deposits.0
Any current specific government policy or law that leads to loss of visa or deportation of migrant workers (or specific groups of migrant workers, such as domestic workers) for leaving abusive employers AND defined as operating between 1 July 2017 and 15 February 2019. NOT there is evidence of victims being deported for breach of visa conditions, but this does not occur as a direct result of government policy – this is covered under Milestone 3, indicator 3.2.4.
Researcher NotesIndicator not met – No information found.
1.7.1Government provides training on modern slavery for its consular staff.1
Government provides training for its embassy or consular staff before departure for a posting or during a posting AND this has occurred once since 30 June 2013. Definition of training includes formal in-person training or an online training program as part of broader curriculum on human rights or other training programs. Training can be provided by INGOs with government support (support defined as permission, development of the training, or monetary or in-kind support). NOT training manuals have been developed by INGOs, NGOs. NOT booklets with indicators of trafficking have been handed out to embassy staff.
Researcher NotesIndicator met – Training provided to consular/diplomatic staff.
1.7.2Government provides identification documents and support travel arrangements for citizen return.1
Any citizen found to be exploited overseas can obtain documents from their own country or be facilitated with travel back to their country by their own government. These documents are normally given by a citizen’s embassies or consulates AND this has occurred at least once since 30 June 2013. This information can be found in modern slavery legislation, or on Ministry/Department of Foreign Affairs websites.
Researcher NotesIndicator met – Government and Diplomats support return of Vietnamese nationals from overseas.
1.7.5NegativeNEGATIVE Diplomatic staff are not investigated for alleged complicity in modern slavery cases or abuse of victims.0
Diplomatic/embassy staff are complicit in the exploitation of nationals or abuse those who seek assistance at the embassy and no investigations have taken place AND this has occurred between 1 July 2017 and 15 February 2019.
Researcher NotesIndicator not met – evidence suggests officials may be complicit in human trafficking, but it is unclear if these officials are diplomatic or embassy staff.
1.8.1NegativeNEGATIVE State-sanctioned forced labour exists.-1
Any form of state-sanctioned labour, where the government forced the whole population, or segments of it, to work under threat of penalty, and for which working people have not offered themselves voluntarily. Excludes compulsory military service, work which forms part of normal civil obligations of the citizen, or work performed in cases of emergency (such as war, fire, famine, or flood). This has occurred between 1 July 2017 and 15 February 2019. [1] Follows ILO typology using Committee of Experts’ Direct Requests and Observations. See Global Estimates of Modern Slavery for typology.
Researcher NotesIndicator met- Sec 29 (5) and (6) of the Law on organization of the People's Council and the People's Committee of 2003 allows the Committee to mobilise persons to participate in the prevention and overcoming of natural disasters and floods, the protection of forests and the restoration of local dykes. Persons in drug rehabilitation centres must actively participate in labour and produce and complete assigned target volume and quality of work (sections 26(2) and 34(1)(b)) of the Law of drug prevention (NO. 94/2009/ND-CP). Individuals are sent to these centres without a conviction, following administrative decision (ILO GEMS- obligation to perfom work beyond normal civic obligations; ILO GEMS- compulsory prison labour in administrative detention)
Milestone 5Government and business stop sourcing goods and services produced by forced labour
IndicatorRating
1.1.1Guidelines exist for public procurement officials.0
The government has drafted guidelines or an internal memo for public procurement officials that outline standards and/or operating procedures to prevent the purchase of public goods or services that involve modern slavery. These can be general guidelines on human rights that include sub-sections on modern slavery. This has occurred since 30 June 2013.
Researcher NotesIndicator not met- no information found.
1.1.2Public procurement policies and systems exist to minimise the risk of governments purchasing products tainted by forced labour.0
The government drafts and implements public procurement policies and standards that explicitly prohibit engaging businesses suspected of using forced labour or purchasing products that were made using forced labour. These policies can include inserting clauses in public contracts prohibiting the use of forced labour, directing that purchasing decisions not be made on price alone, outlining steps to be taken should a contractor be found to use forced labour, or requiring government contractors over a certain value to maintain compliance plans. This has occurred since 30 June 2013.
Researcher NotesIndicator not met- no information found.
1.1.3Annual reports on government action to prevent use of forced labour in public procurement are produced and publicly available.0
The government releases reports on activities taken to prevent use of forced labour in public procurement AND this has to have occurred since 30 June 2013. OR if the policy has been adopted since 1 July 2017, it is enough that reporting is stipulated as part of regulating compliance. The report can be on human rights but include a sub-section on modern slavery.
Researcher NotesIndicator not met- no information found.
1.1.4The government has provided training to public procurement officials on modern slavery.0
The government has provided training to procurement officials on what is modern slavery, how it is relevant to their role, and on existing government policies and their implementation. This training is provided face-to-face, or through online training modules, and has occurred at least once since 30 June 2013.
Researcher NotesIndicator not met- no information found.
1.1.5There is evidence that the government has taken remedial action where forced labour has been discovered.0
There is evidence that the government has worked with contractors that have been identified as having issues with use of forced labour to implement corrective action plans OR where the use of forced labour is prevalent and the contractor is unwilling to work with the government, there is evidence that the government has cancelled the contract AND this has occurred since 30 June 2013.
Researcher NotesIndicator not met – no information found.
2.1.1Laws or policies require businesses to report on their actions to implement risk minimisation policies.0
Legislation or policies require business to report on their actions to minimise risk of forced labour in their supply chain (e.g. the UK Modern Slavery Act requires businesses earning more than GBP36 million annually to report on their actions to combat modern slavery). This is current as of 15 February 2019.
Researcher NotesIndicator not met- no information found
2.1.2Governments have identified high-risk sectors and have taken action to work with these sectors to eradicate modern slavery.0
The government has collaborated with businesses to identify high-risk sectors and set up national sector-specific initiatives that support businesses to tackle modern slavery. These initiatives can be broader initiatives that cover sustainability, health and safety, etc., but must include some elements of tackling modern slavery. For example, the sustainable textile partnership in Germany. This has occurred since 30 June 2013.
Researcher NotesIndicator not met – no information found.
2.1.3Laws or policies allow governments to create a public list of businesses that have been found to tolerate slavery in their supply chains.0
The government has worked with businesses and NGOs to create a public list of businesses that have been found to tolerate forced labour in their supply chains AND/OR these businesses are prevented from accessing public funds. For example, the “dirty list” in Brazil. This is current as of 15 February 2019.
Researcher NotesIndicator not met- no information found.
2.1.4Governments implement a responsible investment reporting requirement for investment funds and banks headquartered in their country to ensure that investment does not support modern slavery.0
Investment funds and banks headquartered in the country MUST report on modern slavery risk in investments AND reporting must occur at least every two years. If policy is in place, there MUST be evidence that this has occurred since 30 June 2013 OR, if the policy has just been adopted, it is enough that reporting is stipulated as part of regulating compliance. NOTE: there must be explicit mention of modern slavery NOT investment funds or banks have corporate social responsibility policies that require them to report on human rights UNLESS modern slavery forms part of this reporting.
Researcher NotesIndicator not met – no information found.
2.1.5Laws or policies prevent the import of goods and services made with forced labour.0
The government has prohibited the import of goods and services made with forced labour. For example, the US Tariff Act. This is current as of 15 February 2019.
Researcher NotesIndicator not met- no evidence of laws or policies preventing import of goods produced by forced labour
2.1.6Laws are in place that make it a criminal offence for company directors or companies to fail to prevent modern slavery and fail to undertake reasonable due diligence in first tier supply chain.0
Directors can be charged and prosecuted for slavery in first tier supply chains where it can be shown that due diligence has not occurred. This indicator measures the existence of this provision in legislation. This is current as of 15 February 2019.
Researcher NotesIndicator not met- no information found

The 2019 Measurement, Action, Freedom report provides data on government action towards the eradication of modern slavery and the achievement of Sustainable Development Goal 8.7. All data collected for our assessments of government responses since 2014 are publicly available online; a total of nearly 100,000 data points. Ratings are available for 2016, 2018, and 2019.