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China's stolen brides

China's one-child policy has far-reaching consequences in most aspects of Chinese life - one of the less-publicized being the increase in the trafficking of women in the country. There are now only 83 women for every 100 men in China, and the government estimates that this will result in 24 million not being able to find a bride by 2020. Many families are now turning to traffickers to find their sons a bride.

By Joris ZYLBERMAN

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