Over 600 Pakistani girls & # 39; sold as girlfriends & # 39; to China

Clay Curtis
December 6, 2019

This list has been prepared by Pakistani investigators who have pledged to crack down the networks of human traffickers who exploit the poor and vulnerable people of the country. The government has also sought to halt the investigation, going so far as to transfer Federal Investigation agency officers pursuing trafficking networks, activist Salman Iqbal told AP.

According to reports, the brokers target the innocent teen girls and young women of minority Christian communities from Pakistan and marrying them to the Chinese husbands.

The biggest blow for the investigation came after a court in Faisalabad acquitted all 31 Chinese nationals who were arrested in connection to the trafficking case.

Several of the women who had initially been interviewed by the police refused to testify because they were threatened or bribed in silence, according to a judicial official and a police investigator familiar with the case.

In a statement on December 2 faxed to AP's Beijing bureau, China's Foreign Ministry said it was unaware of the list compiled by Pakistani investigators.

Allegations of bride trafficking rings made headlines in Pakistan earlier this year when investigators seized Chinese and Pakistani males accused of facilitating unfaithful marriages.

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Due to the retaliation panic, many of them refused to talk about this matter and remained anonymous for a longer period of time. One investigation even contains allegations the organs of some of the women were harvested in China, although there is no evidence for the allegations as of yet. If any organization or individual commits a crime in Pakistan under the banner of transnational marriage, China supports the Pakistani side to crack it down according to Pakistani laws.

"No one is doing anything to help these girls", AP quoted an official, who requested anonymity.

This list provides the most accurate number of women trapped in human trafficking traps since 2018. "The whole racket is continuing, and it is growing. Why?" Families sell daughters, some still legally children, to Chinese husband-enslavers. The authorities won't follow through, everyone is being pressured to not investigate. "Traffic is increasing now". The unveiled ransom trade happens where the brokers are being paid around $25,000 to $65,000, but the concern families would receive $1,500, an official said to AP.

Encouraged by the outcome of the case, the Chinese embassy in a statement said: "The Chinese government will protect legitimate marriages and combat crimes". Despite its initial cooperation with Pakistan and other countries to rescue enslaved women, arrest suspected traffickers, and despite issuing statements that pay lip service to consensual marriage, reports like the AP's make clear China is exerting behind-the-scenes pressure to polish its image; at stake for Pakistan, for instance, is a US$75 billion aid package for infrastructure development, the AP reports.

The report said police discovered two illegal marriage bureaus in Lahore, including one operated from an Islamic center and madrassa - the first known report of poor Muslims also being targeted by brokers.

He said that Pakistan, Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, Myanmar, Nepal, North Korea and Vietnam "have become home countries for brutal business". "And it is surprising that it is happening on this scale", he said.

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