Myanmar brides trafficked to China 'raped until pregnant'

Women from Kachin minority sold to Chinese families are abused, allowed to leave only after they give birth: Report

A Kachin woman who was trafficked at age 17 by a friend's mother who promised her a well-paid job. She was instead sold to a family in China as a bride, where she was confined and subjected to sexual slavery. She managed to escape after several month
A Kachin woman who was trafficked at age 17 by a friend's mother who promised her a well-paid job. She was instead sold to a family in China as a bride, where she was confined and subjected to sexual slavery. She managed to escape after several months.PHOTO: HUMAN RIGHTS WATCH

Women from Myanmar's Kachin minority are trafficked to China as brides and raped until they become pregnant, according to a report by Human Rights Watch (HRW).

In its report entitled "Give Us a Baby and We'll Let You Go", the rights watchdog said the women were sold for between US$3,000 and US$13,000 (S$4,000 and S$17,500), held against their will by Chinese families and subjected to physical and sexual abuse.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Sunday Times on March 24, 2019, with the headline 'Myanmar brides trafficked to China 'raped until pregnant''. Subscribe