Ho Chi Minh City authorities have reported the cases of numerous foreign-owned prostitution businesses concealed as restaurants, hotels, karaoke services, and discos.
Those foreigners initially claimed to provide contributed capital to run restaurant, hotel, karaoke, and discotheque services, which were said to focus on serving foreign customers, but were involved in prostitution activities, a recent report by the municipal People’s Committee to the Ministry of Labor, War Invalids, and Social Affairs showed.
According to the city’s statistics, about 10,641 karaoke bars, massage establishments, discos, bars, beer clubs, and entertainment companies in the metropolis have transformed into other service establishments that are not described in their business registration certificates.
These facilities employ nearly 16,000 employees.
Seventeen locations, dens, and routes in 18 wards and communes in the city are being considered as ‘hot spots’ of prostitution and 69 people are suspected of working as prostitutes on the street or riding motorbikes to lure customers.
The total number of sex workers in the city is reported to be 438 people, of whom 61 were counted through administrative sanction records.
The report also highlighted that there has been an increase in prostitution promotion in cyberspace and the illegal service often takes place at villas and apartments, as well as on travel ships and cruise ships.
In addition, the sale of sex is also disguised as travel and sports activities, and outbound tours.