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While this may not actually be a widespread phenomenon (as there is not enough data to support that), it is still very sad that these villagers in China were scammed out of several years of farming income. One child policy plus preference for boys plus 32 million more men than women plus bride prices equals exploitable circumstance for con artists/criminal networks.

Be well.

Date: 2009-06-05 04:53 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] allhailkatt.livejournal.com
Huh. It looks like women are almost starting to be valued.

Or something.

Date: 2009-06-05 05:29 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] marcus-sez-vote.livejournal.com
Hopefully valued as equals rather than purely in terms of a monetary sense. This kind of criminal activity is tame compared to human trafficking/kidnapping for wives.

Be well.

Date: 2009-06-05 05:24 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] minervaish.livejournal.com
Unfortunately, it's also leading to poor families in surrounding countries selling their daughters to (comparatively) wealthier Chinese families as wives for the sons. Sad article in Newsweek a while back where the author described how many of the couples, who didn't speak any language in common, spoke to each other for the first time through the reporter's translator.

Date: 2009-06-05 05:27 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] marcus-sez-vote.livejournal.com
Well that's something that's been going on for years with "mail order" brides for wealthy Americans/Europeans with the women coming from South America, Asia/South Asia, and Russia. Money changes hands, but it's also so that the wife can get a green card/permanent residency.

Money makes the world go round or something.

Be well.

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