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Report: Myanmar, China failing to stop 'bride' trafficking

BANGKOK — A human rights group says authorities in China and Myanmar are failing to stop the brutal trafficking of young women, often teenagers, from the conflict-ridden Kachin border region for sexual slavery.

Human Rights Watch says women are often tricked into travelling to China in search of work or kidnapped and held against their will to be sold as “brides” for Chinese men.

The report says the 226 known cases of such trafficking in 2017 were only a fraction of the total number.

It says the 37 survivors of such crimes interviewed for the report were sold for the equivalent of $3,000-$13,000.

The group said Myanmar provides help to 100-200 such victims who manage to escape each year. Those taken hostage by Chinese families are often locked up and raped.

Associated Press, The Associated Press