ADAPT is a program of Pacific Links Foundation. Launched in 2005, ADAPT activities currently cover An Giang, Dong Thap, Kien Giang in the Southern border and Lao Cai province at the border of Vietnam-China. ADAPT enables hundreds of young women living in impoverished remote border regions to pursue an education, gain a trade and obtain jobs with livable wages. We work in challenging conditions of Vietnam’s remote border regions. In these impoverished, remote, and porous regions that are plagued with high unemployment and limited economic opportunities, young girls and women face the highest risk of being trafficked for sexual and labor exploitation.
ADAPT seeks to prevent the trafficking of young girls and women by enhancing their educational attainment and improving their vocational choices.
The 2010 US Trafficking-in-Persons Report identifies Vietnam as a source, destination and transit country for human trafficking. The chance of becoming enslaved in the modern world is 1.8 per 1,000 people and almost twice as much in the Asia Pacific region. By 2009, the Ministry of Public Security reported that more than 4,400 Vietnamese women and children are identified as trafficking survivors; 22,000 are reported missing and perhaps trafficked inside Vietnam or internationally; thousands more have been subjected to forced labor and forced prostitution through internationally brokered marriages.