Bride-buying , also referred to as bride-purchasing , is the industry or trade of purchasing a bride as a form of property. This enables the bride to be resold or repurchased at the buyer's discretion. This practice continues to have a firm foothold in parts of the world such as China , North Korea , Vietnam and Africa. Described as a form of marriage of convenience , the practice is illegal in many countries.
China police investigate 'vanished' Vietnamese brides
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Chinese authorities are investigating the disappearance of more than Vietnamese women in the northern province of Hebei, local media report. The women were married through a matchmaker to men living in rural villages near Handan, but vanished in late November, the reports said. China's gender imbalance sometimes sees poorer bachelors seeking brides from South East Asian countries. China Daily quoted an official as saying an "organised ring" may have been involved in the mass disappearance. The bachelors had paid tens of thousands of yuan each to the Vietnamese matchmaker, named by local media as Wu Meiyu, who had been living in Hebei for more than 20 years. On 20 November, the wives reportedly told their husbands that they were having a meal with other Vietnamese brides.
Wei Li does not work for, consult, own shares in or receive funding from any company or organisation that would benefit from this article, and has disclosed no relevant affiliations beyond their academic appointment. China has 24 million more men than women of marriageable age , putting some bachelors in a tough spot. In rural areas of China, three decades of sex-selective abortions under the one-child policy , which ended in , have created a severe shortage of women. Divorced men across China may find themselves involuntary bachelors for a different reason: They cannot afford another wedding. And, like women worldwide, Chinese woman are also getting married later.
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