From Human Rights Watch:
Vietnam: Torture, Forced Labor in Drug Detention
Selected accounts from individuals interviewed for “The Rehab Archipelago”
I was caught by police in a roundup of drug users…. They took me to the police station in the morning and by that evening I was in the drug center.… I saw no lawyer, no judge.
— Quy Hop, detained in Binh Duc center (Binh Phuoc province) for four years
People did refuse to work but they were sent to the disciplinary room. There they worked longer hours with more strenuous work and if they balked at that work; then they were beaten. No one refused to work completely.
— Ly Nhan, detained in Nhi Xuan center (Ho Chi Minh City) for four years
I had a quota of 30 kilos [of cashews] a day and worked until they were done. If you refused to work you were sent to the punishment room and after a month [there] you agreed to work again.
— Vu Ban, detained in Center No. 2 (Lam Dong province) for five years
Work was compulsory. We produced bamboo furniture, bamboo products, and plastic drinking straws. We were paid by the hour for work eight-hour days, six days a week.
— Luc Ngan, a child when first detained for three-and-a-half years at Youth Center No. 2 (Ho Chi Minh City)
If we opposed the staff they beat us with a one-meter, six-sided wooden truncheon. Detainees had the bones in their arms and legs broken. This was normal life inside.
— Dong Van, detained for over four years in Center No. 5 (Dak Nong province)
[The solitary confinement cell] was about two meters by two meters with a small seat and small window. A toilet hole led outside. You could be held alone there for one to four months.
— Cho Don, a woman detained for five years in Phu Van center (Binh Phuoc province)
Important report documenting abuses at drug detention facilities in Vietnam.