“When I woke up I didn’t know that I was in China.” Lan recalls the night that changed her entire life. A friend she met online asked her to a group dinner while preparing for university along the border in northern Vietnam.
When she wanted to go home and was tired, the people requested her to stay and speak and have a drink. Next thing she knew, she was smuggled across the border to China.”At that time, I needed to leave,” says Lan.
“There were other girls there in the car but there was folks to guard us.”The hamlets along the Vietnamese-Chinese border are a hunting ground for human traffickers.
Girls as young as 13 say they’re drugged or tricked, then spirited across the porous boundary by boat, motorbike or car.
Young Vietnamese women are valuable commodities in China, where the one-child policy and longstanding preference for sons has greatly skewed the gender ratio. To put it simply, Chinese men are eager for brides.