• Short Summary

    A special school to re-educate former prostitutes has been set up in Saigon under the sponsorship of the city's Department for Social Affairs and War Invalids.

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    A special school to re-educate former prostitutes has been set up in Saigon under the sponsorship of the city's Department for Social Affairs and War Invalids.

    The centre, called "School to re-habilitate women's dignity", is designed to "re-educate" former prostitutes under the Thieu regime, into "healthy, culture and useful women for the building of the socialist society".

    The first course involved just over three hundred women, mostly around the age of twenty. Many were sufferers of venereal diseases or were heroin addicts. Almost all of them were illiterate and only a few had completed secondary education.

    All are boarders divided into small study groups according to their cultural standards.

    Their boarding and school fees as well as their medial treatment are paid for by the city's revolutionary administration.

    It is estimated that South Vietnam had some 300-thousand prostitutes, with 200-thousand of them operating in Saigon.

    After the training course at the centre, many of the girls return to their families or take up jobs offered by the Ministry of Labour.

    The centre is expected to widen its own activities in the future to provide employment for up to 25-thousand persons.

    SYNOPSIS: Saigon, now known as Ho Chi Minh City, has set up a special school to re-educate former prostitutes. The re-education programme is being carried out under the sponsorship of the city's Department for Social Affairs and War Invalids. According to the North Vietnam News Agency, the Centre, called "school to re-habilitate women's dignity", was designed to transform the prostitutes of the Thieu regime into healthy, cultured and useful women for the building up of the socialist society.

    The first course involves just over three hundred women, most of them around the age of twenty. Their re-education programme includes dress-making, knitting, and producing reed mattresses and rattan furniture. The women are all boarders divided into small study groups according to their cultural standards. Their boarding and school fees as well as their medical treatment are all paid for by the city's revolutionary administration. It is estimated that South Vietnam had 300-thousand prostitutes, 200-thousand of them operating in Saigon alone. This is the task being tackled by the administration...the re-habilitation of all these girls. At the end of their courses, many of the girls will return to their families or take up jobs offered by the Ministry of Labour.

    As they enter the centre, many of the girls are found to be suffering from venereal diseases. Others are heroin addicts. Almost all are illiterate. According to the administration, they will spend one month at the centre during which they will be given both medical treatment and new skill. The centre expects to expand its activities in the future to provide jobs for some 25-thousand persons.

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    Film ID:
    VLVAEY1BP2VNLWQ7YA1RMYMZIXQOO
    Media URN:
    VLVAEY1BP2VNLWQ7YA1RMYMZIXQOO
    Group:
    Reuters - Incuding Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    20/02/1976
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:01:56:00
    Time in/Out:
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    Canister:
    N/A

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