11 Dec '17, 6am

A rare look inside #Vietnam's compulsory drug rehab centres:

A rare look inside #Vietnam's compulsory drug rehab centres:

During four years of compulsory rehab in Vietnam, Trung spent his drug-free days gluing together false eyelashes as part of what authorities billed as valuable 'work therapy' for his heroin addiction. But critics say the work of Trung and tens of thousands of others is tantamount to forced labour that rarely helps users extinguish their addiction. Police sent Trung to a state-sponsored rehab centre on the outskirts of Hanoi, one of 132 in Vietnam, where he says he faced routine beatings from guards and hours of labour for nominal pay. "Life there, from eating, to walking, to sleeping, to working -- there was no human rights at all," explained the 50-year-old, who first began using drugs some three decades ago. He started using again soon after his release in 2014 -- up to 80 percent of addicts from the centres relapse, according to official figures. Trung's labour therapy ...

Full article: https://sg.news.yahoo.com/cold-turkey-vietnams-compulsory...

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