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Brides for sale: Vietnamese women trafficked to China

Published on Jun 25, 2014 11:54 AM
 
Ethnic H'mong girl Kiab (whose name has been changed to protect her identity) arranging her bed at a government-run centre for trafficked women in the northern city of Lao Cai. When Kiab turned 16, her brother promised to take her to a party in a tourist town in northern Vietnam. Instead, he sold her to a Chinese family as a bride. PHOTO: AFP

LAO CAI, Vietnam (AFP) - When Kiab turned 16, her brother promised to take her to a party in a tourist town in northern Vietnam. Instead, he sold her to a Chinese family as a bride.

The ethnic Hmong teenager spent nearly a month in China until she was able to escape her new husband, seek help from local police and return to Vietnam.

"My brother is no longer a human being in my eyes - he sold his own sister to China," Kiab, whose name has been changed to protect her identity, told AFP at a shelter for trafficking victims in the Vietnamese border town Lao Cai.

Vulnerable women in countries close to China - not only Vietnam but also North Korea, Laos, Cambodia and Myanmar - are being forced into marriages in the land of the one-child policy, experts say.

 
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