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Vietnam Sentences Trafficking Ringleaders That Sold Brides in China

The six defendents convicted of trafficking women and girls into China for sale as brides. Image via VnExpress.

A court in Vietnam sentenced six women to up to 30 years in jail for running a trafficking ring that sold women and girls to China as wives — a problem that has plagued Southeast Asia for years.

China’s gender imbalance and tradition of rural men paying for brides have made the country a locus of female trafficking. Besides Vietnam, most women trafficked into China come from Myanmar, Cambodia, North Korea, and Pakistan, according to Human Rights Watch.

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