Women go missing in Son La
  • | ttvh, | April 17, 2017 07:29 AM
Many women and children have been missing in mountainous Son La Province as their families confirmed that the women have been trafficked into China.

Most women and girls who were tricked and sold into China are from Pa Lien Village in Phieng Pan Commune. Trang Thi Mia and other villagers were recently happy because Mia's daughter was rescued and will return home soon.

"We'll let her continue going to school. No matter how hard life is, parents must provide education to their children so that they won't be tricked by bad guys," Mia said.

Mia's daughter is a high school student. Last year, her cousin came to know a man on the internet who invited her to go to Lao Cai Province with him to find someone to marry. Mia's daughter was also invited to the journey, and was sold to be a wife of a Chinese man upon arriving in Lao Cai. In March, she escaped but her cousin is still missing.


Many women and children tricked and sold overseas

According to Mai Son District authorities, since 2015, about 47 women and children have been tricked and sold, most of them are from the H'mong ethnic group. 18 women have been found and returned to their homes.

The police of Mai Son District also found three suspects who are involved in two human trafficking cases. However, they have many difficulties when dealing with such cases and the number is small compared to the number of missing women and children.

Vu Tien Dinh, vice chairman of Mai Son District said the suspects tricked women into loving them or promised high-salary jobs and love interests in border provinces via the internet. Those have disadvantaged backgrounds and limited education often fall for their tricks.

The suspects are often from other provinces and use fake names and addresses to get acquainted with the victims or collaborate with local third party. The police are facing difficulties in dealing with inter-province crimes and foreign procedures.

From November 2015 to March 2017, about 134 women and children age from 16 to 25 are suspected to have been sold overseas. Over 120 of them are H'mong people, 11 are from Thai ethnic group.

The local authorities have tried to raise people's awareness of the issue and the number of victims has decreased recently. The authorities of Son La Province will continue raising people's awareness, speed up the search for the missing people and pay closer attention to suspected people traffickers entering the region.

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