Viet Nam News By Paul Kennedy Criminal gangs from Việt Nam are running a vast network of illegal cannabis farms across the United Kingdom, with many trafficking unsuspecting children into Britain to carry out the dirty work. ECPAT UK, one of the UK’s leading children’s rights organisations, says there has been a huge rise in the number of farms in recent years, with many using youngsters from Việt Nam as ‘gardeners’ to work in dangerous conditions. In the past, cannabis was smuggled into the United Kingdom from mainland Europe but because the risks were too high, most is now cultivated in the UK. And officials say it is Vietnamese gangs who are controlling the supply. ECPAT’s work has uncovered horror stories of children trafficked from Việt Nam being beaten and threatened with death if they refuse to do as they are told. Many are also arrested during police raids, and end up in prison because they are too scared to tell officers … [Read more...] about The farms where no Vietnamese should ever work
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Officials should make public their personal income tax declarations and be punished if they are found to be inaccurate or false, a lawmaker said Wednesday. Nguyen Lan Hieu was speaking at a National Assembly session discussing proposed changes to Vietnam’s Anti-Corruption law. A draft amendment states that officials who fail to report their assets and incomes accurately or fail to clearly explain their origins will be slapped with a 45 percent personal income tax or a fine of 45 percent of the value of inaccurately reported or unexplained assets and incomes. Officials can also be prosecuted and have their assets seized if their declarations are inaccurate or if they are found in possession of assets from illegal activities. Hieu felt the law could go further. “Why don’t we force officials in high positions to publicize their personal income taxes? That way, the people and authorities can monitor them better,” he said. However, some delegates said forcing … [Read more...] about Force high ranking officials to publicize tax returns, Vietnam MP says
Nguyễn Thanh Hoá. — Photo tuoitre.vn By Khánh Vân Given their frequency, we should not be surprised, but we continue to be shocked each time an instance of corruption in high places comes to light. The latest such instance is the arrest of a former senior public security police officer on suspicion of involvement in one of the country’s biggest online gambling and money laundering cases. Nguyễn Thanh Hoá, former head of the Public Security Ministry’s Hi-tech Crime Police Department, was placed under arrest on Sunday for allegedly organising gambling, a crime under the Penal Code. Hóa’s hi-tech department was in charge of tackling illegal activity on the web, including online fraud and illegal betting. But now the Major General is in the dock for the very crime he was required to fight. Hóa, 60,was a very high ranked officer who’d gained repute for busting many cases of illicit online gambling, both … [Read more...] about Is our corruption glass half full or half empty?