A man from Anhui province is filing a suit against an unlicensed Shanghai matchmaking company after the young Vietnamese woman he’d been set up with through the agency left him two weeks into the marriage.
Shanghai Daily reports that the man, surnamed Yin, told the Jiading District People’s Court that he’s demanding compensation and a refund of the fees he paid to the company, which added up to 60,100 yuan.
Yin had reportedly seen the ad about a Vietnamese bride online and signed a contract with two representatives of the company on August 14. He paid the agency 38,000 yuan to be matched with a bride, 34 years his junior, and eventually married her at a ceremony in Vietnam on August 27.
Yin returned to China in September with his new bride, but she ran away from his home in Anhui province 14 days after arriving. Yin claimed in court that the woman was a swindler with no belongings on her but a passport. He gave her clothes, money and jewelry, saying in previous reports that he’d “treated her like a princess”, but that she’d still called a friend and made plans to flee on October 12.
Yin tracked the woman down at Hangzhou Railway Station and took her to the police station, where he agreed to send her back to Vietnam.
Yin is now asking that the agencies pay for the 38,000 matchmaking fee and the expenses incurred during his Vietnam trip.
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