Seven human traffickers along with eleven men who attempted to purchase Vietnamese brides were arrested by police in Kunming earlier this month.
According to Phoenix News, the arrest of the 18 men was carried out on May 17 by the Kunming Railway Police. 12 Vietnamese women were rescued and have been returned to Vietnam. The price of the of the women reportedly ranged from between 10,000 to 40,000 yuan.
The leaders of the trafficking ring, Li Fugui, Xiang Baiping and Huang Daming, who all live near the border between China and Vietnam, paid frequent visits to Vietnam to select potential brides and subsequently smuggle them to locations in Yunnan province and Hunan province.
In January of this year, Chinese media reported that a group of seven women abducted from Vietnam were returned home by Chinese authorities after escaping from the men who had purchased them.
While the exact number of women smuggled into China is hard to determine, the Chinese Ministry of Public security states that between 2009 to 2012 authorities had returned more than 1,800 women who had been brought into China illegally.
A report from 2011 indicates that approximately 60 percent of women who were brought to China by traffickers from 2005 to 2009 managed to escape their captors. Roughly 25 percent of this number were rescued by Chinese police and the rest were ransomed back to their families by the traffickers.
By Lucy Liu
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