Vietnam will free about 900 sex workers in 2013 from compulsory rehabilitation centres across the country, state media reported on Thursday.
The prostitutes will be able to return home when a newly amended administrative law comes into effect at the start of July 2013, according to the Thanh Nien newspaper.
“This is a big change of view on how to deal with prostitution,” Le Duc Hien, deputy head of the government's department for social vices prevention, was quoted as saying.
“However, it does not mean we officially recognise prostitution,” Hien added.
Since July this year, sex workers have no longer been sent to compulsory rehabilitation centres when picked up by the authorities, but were fined up to five million dong ($240 dollars) instead, Thanh Nien said.