Police are investigating how a hundred people came to be missing last week in Handan County, Hebei. The disappeared aren’t the usual suspects – they’re a hundred young Vietnamese women, brokered into marriage to Chinese men across the border mere months ago, and now gone. The scale of this event highlights the robust, entrenched criminal networks involved in human trafficking in the region – this crime occurs constantly in China; in some parts of the country men openly marrying brokered, foreign brides has become local tradition. Local and regional policing efforts need to work effectively to achieve a solid outcome in this potentially high-profile case so that more attention can be drawn to the crimes of slavery and human trafficking in Asia.
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