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Women abducted to be sold as brides in China return home to Vietnam

Pair, aged 21 and 17, had been sold to poor husbands in northern Shandong province

PUBLISHED : Sunday, 16 April, 2017, 6:31pm
UPDATED : Sunday, 16 April, 2017, 6:31pm

A 17-year-old girl who was abducted and sold in eastern China as a bride returned to Vietnam on Friday, state media reported.

The girl was abducted in November while she attended the 10th year anniversary of her high school’s founding in Vietnam’s northern Hoa Binh province, the China News Service reported.

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She did not return home after the event and her family went to search for her several times but to no avail. A few days later, her father received a phone call from a man, telling him to stop searching for the girl because she been taken to China’s Shandong province and sold as a bride.

Police in Vietnam caught a Vietnamese man suspected of abducting the girl and asked police in Guangxi province across the border for assistance.

The girl was rescued by police in Shandong in January.

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Another 21-year-old Vietnamese woman who was also sold as a bride in Shandong was rescued in March.

The two women were sent to Guangxi last week then escorted back to Vietnam by police officers.

Men in rural China have a long history of purchasing “foreign brides”, especially from Vietnam, as the men are relatively poor and have difficulty finding local brides.