Esclavage moderne en Chine Des femmes vendues à des paysans célibataires Mentally ill women sold as brides to rural bachelors looking for an heir - Global Times
Shortly after the Chinese health authorities celebrated World Mental Health Day on October 10, the story of a criminal gang that trafficked mentally disabled women astonished readers across the country.
The gang looked for young women who are mentally ill or disabled in rural areas in the Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region and Guangdong Province in South China, paid their parents and promised to find them a good husband, and then took them to Shandong Province and sold them to elderly bachelors in Liaocheng and Linqing, the Xinhua News Agency reported on October 13.
In Shandong, these women were held captive in a pigsty for potential “buyers” to inspect. Most of the buyers were from poor families in mountainous regions. They knew the women had mental problems but they didn’t care. What the buyers valued most was whether the women were fertile or not, according to the report.
When the police broke up the gang and sent the rescued women back to their homes, some parents even refused to accept them. Law experts and sociologists are calling on the authorities to pay more attention to these women and to better protect them.
On February 8, 2015, on train K2386 from Nanning to Changchun, which stops at Shandong’s Liaocheng, a woman behaving peculiarly and the two men escorting her aroused the attention of railway policemen. After interrogating the three passengers, the police found that the woman was mentally disabled and had been trafficked by the men from Guangxi.
When the train stopped in Jiangxi Province, the three passengers were transferred to the public security bureau. As the investigation continued, the police found that the men were part of a gang trafficking mentally disabled and ill women.