Myanmar girls sold as brides to men in China

Above: Nyo, 17, on March 30 in Mong Yal, Myanmar, with the baby she had after she was sold to a man in Henan.
Nyo, 17, on March 30 in Mong Yal, Myanmar, with the baby she had after she was sold to a man in Henan.PHOTO: NYTIMES
Nyo's father showing a picture of accused broker Daw Hnin Wai, who has fled and is wanted by the Myanmar police. PHOTOS: NYTIMES
Nyo's father showing a picture of accused broker Daw Hnin Wai, who has fled and is wanted by the Myanmar police.PHOTO: NYTIMES

Gender imbalance in China fuels human trafficking in border areas

MONGYAI (Myanmar) • She did not know where she was. She did not speak the language. She was 16 years old.

The man said he was her husband - at least that was what the translation app indicated - and he pressed himself against her.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on August 19, 2019, with the headline 'Myanmar girls sold as brides to men in China'. Print Edition | Subscribe