100 brides from Viet­nam re­ported miss­ing

China Daily (Canada) - - NEWSCAPSULE -

Po­lice in Han­dan, He­bei prov­ince, are in­ves­ti­gat­ing the dis­ap­pear­ance of more than 100 Viet­namese women who mar­ried lo­cal bach­e­lors. The women, who had been liv­ing in lo­cal vil­lages, van­ished in Novem­ber.

The brides were paid to marry the men, with one man pay­ing 105,000 yuan ($17,000) and another pay­ing 115,000 yuan.

One vil­lager said it is cus­tom­ary for a man to of­fer a lo­cal woman 110,000 yuan in cash and a car worth at least 40,000 yuan as a be­trothal gift, and be­cause most bach­e­lors can­not af­ford to do that, they seek Viet­namese brides.

A source in the prov­ince who asked not to be named said there might be an or­ga­nized ring that helped the brides to leave China en masse. The pub­lic se­cu­rity bureau in Han­dan said in­ter­na­tional match­mak­ing ser­vices and cross-bor­der mar­riage bro­ker­ages are il­le­gal, and the dis­ap­pear­ance of the brides may be re­lated to hu­man trafficking.

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