In Vietnam, child labour is a problem. Many children are at risk of labour and sexual exploitation and can be found in informal work and in work arrangements that are unsupervised and unregulated. Further, the country scores poorly regarding the extent to which the state regulates child labour and provides decent work for young workers, parents and caregivers. Both timber and furniture is featured on the list of goods produced using child labour. Timber and furniture are not related with forced labour.
Vietnam is placed on the Tier 2 watch list in the 2020 trafficking in persons report, which means that the country’s government does not fully meet the Trafficking Victims Protection Act’s minimum standards for the elimination of trafficking, but that they are making significant efforts to bring themselves into compliance with these standards, and for which:
a) the estimated number of victims of severe forms of trafficking is very significant or is significantly increasing and the country is not taking proportional concrete actions;
b) there is a failure to provide evidence of increasing efforts to combat severe forms of trafficking in persons from the previous year, including increased investigations, prosecution, and convictions of trafficking crimes, increased assistance to victims, and decreasing evidence of complicity in severe forms of trafficking by government officials.