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A new decree that goes into effect tomorrow will raise fines for a number of ‘social evils’ already on the books while adding a few new ones.

Let’s break it down, shall we?

  • Leaving elderly, weak, disabled, pregnant or nursing family members without care - VND1.5 – 2 million.
  • Mistreating family members by dictating their diet or berating them for wearing torn clothes or poor personal hygiene - VND1.5 – 2 million.
  • Wife scolding husband/husband scolding wife – VND1 million.
  • Abusing, nagging or insulting the honor and dignity of family members – VND500,000VND1 million.
  • Defecating in the street – up to VND300,000.
  • Failing to produce identity card when requested by authorities- VND100,000VND200,000.
  • Working as a private detective in any form - VND5 millionVND10million.
  • Giving money, property or other material benefits to administrative workers – VND3 millionVND5million.
  • Selling your body (sex workers) - VND100,000 - VND300,000
  • Picking up a sex worker - VND500,000 - VND1 million
  • Pimping - VND5millionVND10 million.

These fines seem pretty legit but we imagine that enforcing them will be a nightmare.

[Lao Dong // Photo via thelampnyc]

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