100 brides from Vietnam reported missing
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.