Women sold as brides in China

The Citizen (Gauteng) - - WORLD -

– Thou­sands of women and girls from north­ern Myan­mar are be­ing traf­ficked to China and forced to marry, a study said yesterday.

China has about 33 mil­lion fewer women than men due to the decades-long one-child pol­icy. To plug the gap, tens of thou­sands of poor women from Cam­bo­dia, Laos, Myan­mar and Viet­nam are sold as brides each year, some go­ing will­ingly, while oth­ers are tricked or traf­ficked.

In the first re­search of its kind, the Johns Hop­kins Bloomberg School of Pub­lic Health es­ti­mated 7 500 women from war-torn Kachin and north­ern Shan states have fallen vic­tim to forced mar­riage in China. – AFP

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