Hundreds of Pakistani girls sold as brides to China
There are many pros and cons of trade with the emerging global economic power, China, as with the trade and investment large rings of criminal elements are also breaking through Pakistan.
Earlier, there were reports of ATM-skimming by Chinese people in the country to extract data and then money through that data. Later, the incidents had stopped after groups of the foreigners involved in this crime were busted.
It has been more than one year since the reports of human trafficking from Pakistan into China have become evident. In a fresh investigative report conducted by the Associated Press news agency, it has been revealed that at least 629 women have been transported to China in the name of marriage. It has further revealed that the girls and women are forced to labour or prostitution in the Communist country.
Most of the victims are poor girls/ women of Christian families, who marry their daughters to Chinese people for a hefty amount of money. While the practice is not restricted to Christian families only, poor Muslim families have also been targeted for the said purpose.
Sadly, neither Pakistan nor China have condemned the practice at the state level so far. The Chinese foreign ministry showed no knowledge about it, while the interior and foreign ministries of Pakistan refused to comment.
In October, a court in Faisalabad had declared 31 people charged in connection with human trafficking innocent.
According to the AP investigation, a Christian activist has blamed that the government officials had curtailed the investigation being carried out by the Federal Investigation Agency into the trafficking.
“The two governments of China and Pakistan support the formation of happy families between their people on a voluntary basis in keeping with laws and regulations, while at the same time having zero tolerance for and resolutely fighting against any person engaging in illegal cross-border marriage behavior,” the Chinese ministry said in a statement faxed to AP’s Beijing bureau on Dec 2.
One of the senior Pakistani government officials said it was believed that all 629 women were sold to grooms by their families.