Lan was desperate to find work. A university student in southern Vietnam, she has been out of a job since the coronavirus pandemic closed businesses throughout the country.
Like many of her friends, Lan often went to bed hungry for lack of a decent meal.
So when Vietnam’s lockdown lifted, she was an easy target for human traffickers. They offered her a job in a cafe on the outskirts of the city. But once she was there, she discovered she had been tricked.
The “cafe” was a brothel, and Lan had been sold.
It was 3 days before she could call for help. Blue Dragon and the police arrived less than 12 hours later to set her free and shut down the brothel.
The pandemic may be stable now in Vietnam, but for so many, the crisis continues.