Chinese authorities will crack down on websites offering Vietnamese brides due to their ties to human traffickers, the state-run China Daily reported Monday.
"In recent days, some cross-border marriage brokerages and websites have published tempting advertisements offering Vietnamese brides for cross-border marriages, but most of these involve kidnappings," the newspaper quoted Wang Ying, deputy director of the office that combats human trafficking at the Chinese ministry of public security, as saying.
According to Wang, some marriage agencies draw Chinese men through websites that promote "group rates" that cover travel expenses and arrange dates with local women.
She said the agencies target local young women from rural areas in their 20s and 30s and tell them they can become the brides of rich Chinese men in big cities.
"Once their client takes a liking to a foreign girl, they cheat her and persuade her to have a wedding in Vietnam, then charge their male client [$4,800-$8,100] as a service charge," Wang said.
The Chinese Ministry of Public Security said some Vietnamese girls are forced to work as prostitutes in China's coastal or border areas, such as Yunnan and Guangdong provinces, or the Guangxi Zhuang autonomous region.
The ministry will set up vigilant systems to combat the trafficking of foreign women, particularly at bus stations, docks and small roads in the fields or mountains where traffickers easily pass.
In December, police in China's eastern Fujian province busted a human trafficking ring and rescued 28 Vietnamese victims.
Police arrested 62 suspects, including some who worked for illegal marriage agencies.