U.S. Embassy Hanoi and Consulate General Ho Chi Minh City (September 18, 2020)
Important Information for U.S. Citizens:
The U.S. Embassy in Hanoi and Consulate General in Ho Chi Minh City remind U.S. citizens that sexual assault occurs in Vietnam. While uncommon, the U.S. Embassy has received reports of individuals being sexually assaulted by drivers of unmarked taxicabs or motorbikes. U.S. citizens are reminded that they should never take an unmarked taxi or accept rides from drivers not booked via a trackable application or reputable taxi company. Always ensure that the driver, vehicle make/color, and license plate match the application reservation. Pay attention to your route and ensure the driver drops you off in a safe area at the correct destination.
Additionally, never accept drinks or cigarettes from strangers, as criminals in Vietnam are known to use laced cigarettes to impair their victims. If going out at night, travel in groups and practice situational awareness.
If you are assaulted or feel unsafe:
- Get to a safe location. Try to get out of the taxi or away from the attacker and toward friends/family, a commercial establishment, or other bystanders.
- If you choose to report the crime to police (dial 113), please do so as soon as possible so that forensic evidence can be preserved.
- Seek immediate medical attention. Note: If you want the crime investigated, you will need to complete a medical examination at a health facility or forensic center determined by police.
- Contact the U.S. Embassy in Hanoi or Consulate General in Ho Chi Minh City to report the assault. We can help you obtain medical care and legal representation, address emergency subsistence needs, explain the local criminal justice system, and connect you to U.S.-based resources to assist victims of sexual assault.
- Sexual Assault Hotline: RAINN (Rape, Abuse, and Incest National Network) is a U.S.-based toll-free 24/7 hotline for sexual assault counseling and referrals: 1-800-656-HOPE (4673).