Skip to comments.Because of China's preference for baby boys, some men now buy ‘wives’ from abroad
Posted on 05/16/2014 9:05:32 AM PDT by SeekAndFind
KANDAL PROVINCE, Cambodia Petite, soft-spoken and innocent Kai Sochoeun dreamed of a better life, away from the poverty she was born into in rural Cambodia.
She passed her days fetching water from a pond and tending to chickens that roamed near her wooden stilt home. She watched the men in her village skeptically. If they only cared about card games and alcohol, how could marriage improve her life?
I wasn't interested in a husband, she said.
That changed when an acquaintance of her uncle approached her with a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity. The woman could arrange for Kai to travel to China, where theres an abundance of well-paying factory jobs and, if she was interested, sophisticated, affluent men awaited.
After she agreed to go to China a place she only knew from TV dramas things moved quickly. Within a week, the human traffickers had forged all the necessary documents and brought her to the airport.
In hindsight, Kai realized that it was too good to be true.
Soon, she had been sold to a Chinese man who physically abused and raped her. She had never met him before, she didn't speak his language, and she had no clue where she was other than that it was somewhere in China.
[W]hen I didnt want to sleep with him, when I tried to resist, he grabbed me. He got angry and pushed me on the bed and had sex with me. ... He was very aggressive. He was the first man I slept with, I didnt have any experience, but I knew that this was not right. It was terrible, she said.
Besides the daily rapes, the mans family treated her like a servant and she was held in solitary confinement.
She wasn't the only one who was trafficked to southern China that day.
There were two other girls, younger than me, who were also at the airport. They cried when they said goodbye to their families. We were all a little bit scared, Kai remembers.
I had heard of such stories, where women were trafficked, where they were tricked and then sold. But I thought it wouldn't happen to me, Kai said.
For years, local media in Laos and Myanmar, both neighboring China, have reported cases of women who were trafficked to China often under the influence of drugs.
China's one-child policy, introduced in 1979 to address rapid population growth, has produced a gender imbalance. Male heirs are favored in Chinese culture, and there have been reports of parents aborting female fetuses or even killing baby girls. The British Medical Journal estimated in 2005 that China had produced a surplus of 32 million young men about four times the population of New York City.
For many of these men, looking across China's borders has become the only option to find a wife.
Quest for a better life
Kai and the two women she had traveled with were led to believe that they would find work in China, and possibly marry a suitable Chinese man.
At the airport, they were picked up by a Cambodian woman and four Chinese who took them to a town that Kai remembers by the name Fuja.
They were told to doll themselves up so they'd look pretty for the men who were about to visit the house to pick one of them as a bride. It was then that Kai finally realized that she was being trafficked. There was no lucrative $500-a-month job waiting for her, and it was not up to her to decide who she'd marry.
One by one, impoverished-looking Chinese men came in to shop for an obedient, Southeast Asian wife who would give them an heir.
When I was sitting there so the Chinese men could look at me, I knew that I had been trafficked. They chose us, and I felt like a prostitute, she said.
As soon as she arrived at her new husband's house, the abuse began.
[W]hen I didnt want to sleep with him, when I tried to resist, he grabbed me. He got angry and pushed me on the bed and had sex with me, Kai said, adding that the same ordeal would take place up to four times a day.
The United Nations reports that millions of people worldwide are victims of trafficking. This may be a conservative estimate, as most cases are thought never to be reported. The picture of shackled slaves inspected at auctions has changed into a secretive and much more nuanced underground trade worth billions.
Asia, and in particular Southeast Asia, remains one of the key areas of origin and destination of trafficking in persons, said Annette Lyth, the UN's Inter-Agency Program on Human Trafficking's regional program coordinator.
Overall, about 80 percent of victims are trafficked for sexual exploitation, forced to work in brothels or, like in the case of Kai, sold as brides against their will.
After two months, Kai finally managed to get ahold of a phone and called a Cambodian radio station whose phone number she remembered, begging for help.
Within several days, she was repatriated.
Others, Cambodian authorities say, are not as lucky. The first cases of trafficking Cambodian brides to China were recorded about two years ago, when families informed human rights organizations that they were looking for their daughters, who had disappeared in China.
Every month, said Choun Bun Eng, chairwoman of the Cambodian government's committee to fight human trafficking, police arrest traffickers just before they send women off to China. But the majority slip through.
We don't know why this has risen so much, but we take it seriously, Choun said.
Kai's traffickers have disappeared and will most likely never be arrested. Of the two women who boarded the plane with her, one has been repatriated, and the second remains missing. Nobody, not even her family, knows what happened to her.
Back at her home in Cambodia, Kai said that tending after her small plot of land and the handful of chickens now makes her feel content.
In a way, I was lucky, she said.
And when that starts to not work any more, look for military conquests in order to get wives.
I hear Russia has extra women.
That has been the traditional way. One of the pillars of Islam is war and sexual booty. They even promise it in death (72 raisin-eyed virgins).
But, there is another way. I hear the Japanese are making tremendous advances in fembots. /S
Excellent looking-on-the-bright-side skills, Kai. She's fortunate that she wasn't pregnant, forced into abortion, or infected with an std, or at least the article doesn't mention it.
And there's a "Blue Light" sale now ongoing in Nigeria.
Yep, most non-muslim post-Soviet nations has 5 to 15% surplus female population. For Russia is is about 10 million extra women and it makes a mail order bride phenomenon. For some reason China is not a primary destination for them. Many women are moving to North America and Europe, others are importing grooms from Middle East and Turkey.
I would not be surprised if they head to the middle east... they can eliminate the men who are trying to force islam on them and take the women
The end result will be China becoming a much more racially diverse nation.
I don’t think they are prepared to deal with that.
"Your Women, how much for the Women?"
The most valuable Chinese bride will be one of those adopted Chinese orphans who has a US passport...or one of the anchor babies birthed in the US. Chinese millionaires will be paying parents big bucks to marry one and get a bonus of a US green card.
I work with a Chinese girl in mid 20’s that came here a few years ago for school and now works here. She has no clue about this kind of stuff. Chicoms are great at hiding it from their won.
Rape is not a good way to produce male children.
It is scientific fact that a female’s orgasm increases the chances, ( If I remember correctly, by a factor of 2 ). of male offspring. It is doubtful that rape would produce a female orgasm so that most of these pregnancies would produce female offspring.
Has it occurred to anyone else that perhaps China planned this all along? Planned having up to 100 million young men, without the possibility of wives?
Why would they do that, you ask?
Because it would make one hell of an aggressive army.
You draft those young men with no chance for wives, and you tell them “It’s China’s turn to rule: Vietnam, Burma, Thailand, Malaysia, etc. After we conquer and annex them, the Motherland will reward you with land and wives from the new annexed provinces”.
China would get a twofer: attrition would kill off many of those millions in war, and the survivors would plant colonies, force the spread of Chinese language and culture in the new lands, and eventually ethnically “China-ize” all of that fertile land in neighboring countries that China covets so badly.
Heh, funny you should say that. I know a guy that married a Chinese woman. He was complaining that US Immigration wouldn’t let her whole family come over. I don’t know if she (and he) just assumed that would automatically happen after marriage to a US citizen, but a lot of people do assume that’s a package deal.
It is scientific fact that a females orgasm increases the chances, ( If I remember correctly, by a factor of 2 ). of male offspring. It is doubtful that rape would produce a female orgasm so that most of these pregnancies would produce female offspring.
The men here are already trained.
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