Project MAG The Situation of Sex Work in Vietnam: A gender perspective between Sex Work and Mobility Print
The Situation of Sex Work in Vietnam: A gender perspective between Sex Work and Mobility UN Joint Programme on Gender Equality


Duration: February 2010-March 2012

Location: Hanoi, Ho Chi Minh and Hai Phong

Partners: Department of Gender Equality and Department for the Prevention of Social Evils (DSEP) of the Ministry of Labour, Invalids and Social Affairs (MOLISA)


Gender and mobility are cross cutting issues that could be said to play a strong role in shaping the experience and situation of sex work in Vietnam. Gender and mobility can influence women’s entry into sex work, their experience of being a sex worker and the barriers that they face if they decide that they want to exit sex work.

The overall objective of this project was to better understand the situation of sex work in Vietnam, through an exploration of issues and relationships between sex work, mobility and gender, including any particular vulnerability associated with this possible relationship. This project aimed to contribute to the development of programs, policies and strategies relating to sex work, as well as to provide recommendations for further research.

The proposed review aimed to achieve the following specific objectives:

  • To have a better understanding of the patterns of sex work and mobility, and how these patterns relate to gender
  • To examine the determinants of entry, practices and exits from sex work with particular emphasis on gender and mobility-related issues
  • To inform the design of research, policies, and intervention programmes

The full reports could be downloaded from the following link: Final Report Sex Work and Mobility



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