Chinese police rescue hundreds of trafficked women

China rescued more than 1,100 women trafficked into the country, many of them sold as brides, in a joint operation with Southeast Asian countries, police said in a statement on Friday.

Seventeen children were among those rescued in raids carried out with officers from Myanmar, Cambodia, Laos, Vietnam and Thailand between July and December 2018, the Ministry of Public Security said, announcing the operation for the first time.

China’s decades-long one-child policy created a huge gender imbalance, leaving the country with far fewer women of marriage age than men.

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