China launches probe into missing Vietnamese wives

The bureau is identifying the number of missing wives, as many partners might be unwilling to report the case for fear.

Beijing: Police in China’s Hunan Province has launched a probe into missing Vietnamese women, who were bought as wives.

The probe comes after media reported that some husbands of the missing women received phone calls threatening them to pay ransoms lest the women would be sold again.

About 100 purchased Vietnamese wives are missing from the Hunan Province.

“She sobbed and told me that she was kidnapped and sold to another remote village and needed 20,000 yuan to ransom her back,” Xinhua quoted Hu Jianhe, as saying, who bought his wife for 36,388 yuan in 2008.

Jianhe’s father Hu Gengqing acknowledged that women’s trafficking was rampant in his country.

“They were all bought from Yunnan, which borders Vietnam, and the total number (in the county) could be in dozens,” he said.

Since sons are preferred, there are more males than females in Chinese rural areas. Some men in poor regions buy their wives, as they cannot find women to marry them.

Shuangfeng County’s public security bureau police said, they have set up a special team to probe into women trafficking and fraud marriage.

The bureau is seeking identify the exact number of missing wives, as many partners may be unwilling to report the cases for fear of being accused of trafficking.

The bureau said, it received two cases since September last year in, which four wives were found to be victims of trafficking.


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