Vietnam has unveiled a five-year multi-million-dollar crackdown on prostitution, which is widespread but considered a "social evil" in the country.
File photo shows a motorcycle taxi driver waiting for clients next to a poster depicting so-called social evils including prostution and drug addiction in the northwestern mountainous province of Son La Photo: AFP
The plan aims to reduce prostitution by an initial 40 percent by 2015, the government said in a statement on its website dated Thursday.
With a budget of 629 billion dong ($30 million), the program "looks to free communes and towns from prostitution and minimize harms of this social issue on society," it said.
Investigations, job training for former sex workers and public awareness are among the measures the government said will be taken to battle prostitution, which is illegal.
Local media have reported estimates of 30,000-40,000 prostitutes nationwide, and the industry has continued to flourish despite previous campaigns against it.