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More women kidnapped for brides (2)


10:00, December 03, 2011

After the women agree, the traffickers arrange for them to illegally bypass border checkpoints by taking them along small roads in the forest or mountain areas, or illegally entering China by river, Jin Yulu, a senior border police officer from Ruili checkpoint in Dehong Dai and Jingpo autonomous prefecture of Yunnan, told China Daily.

Upon arriving in China, the traffickers will hand over these women to their collaborators in China.

The price of one woman ranges from 20,000 to 50,000 yuan ($3,100 to 7,800) based on their figure, appearance and nationality, Jin said.

In one case, a 22-year-old woman from Myanmar was sold for 30,000 yuan in Jiangdu, Jiangsu province and became the bride of a 28-year-old local villager.

After being rescued about half a year later, the girl told police through a translator that she could not speak Chinese and had no way to resist. She said during the marriage her husband often sexually abused and beat her. Finally, she managed to get help from neighbors, who helped report the case to the police.

She was sent back to Myanmar through the Ruili frontier border station in Dehong in July, but the trafficker is still at large.

To cope with the rising cross-border trafficking of women, Chinese police launched a special crackdown in the border area from July to September, Chen said.

During the action, Guangxi police cracked 30 cases involving kidnapped Vietnamese women, smashed 11 criminal gangs and arrested 53 suspects. Meanwhile, police rescued 52 Vietnamese women, official figures show. In Yunnan, police uncovered 21 cases of trafficking of Vietnamese women, arrested 17 suspects and rescued 22 Vietnamese victims.

The rescued women were placed in Chinese rescue shelters before being sent back to their home countries, he said.

"We pay close attention to protecting the legitimate rights of the rescued female victims, and will do well in settlement and repatriation," he said.

Chen said Chinese police will carry out regular actions to combat trafficking of foreign women, and pay more attention to key areas such as bus stations, docks and small roads in the fields or mountains where traffickers easily pass.

More cooperation between Chinese police and their counterparts in Southeast Asian countries is also necessary, he said.

China has signed the Mekong River Sub-regional Cooperation Anti-trafficking Memo with Thailand, Myanmar, Laos, and Cambodia, and established an annual meeting of senior officials to help curb international trafficking.

Beijing has also set up eight border offices with neighboring countries, such as Vietnam, Myanmar and Laos to fight against trafficking, Chen said.

"But more efforts are required to share intelligence, cooperate on investigations, as well as transfer suspects and repatriate victims," he said.

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