A police officer with the railway public security department of the region's Baotou City said five of the victims were under 18 years old and transferred to the Myanmar police, according to the report of November 14.
The police were able to apprehend the abductors after a Myanmar woman appealed to a Chinese police officer during a train journey from Baotou to Nanchang, capital of east China's Jiangxi Province, on August 26. Over the next three months the police managed to track down the rest of the gang allegedly involved, according to the report.
Anti-trafficking and human rights groups say both men and women are lured to China with promises of well-paying jobs only to find themselves sold in the trafficking market. There is thriving underground business in selling wives to Chinese men, particularly in remote areas of China, partly due to the demographic imbalance.
China’s National Population and Family planning Commission says a 2010 survey shows there currently 118 males for 100 females born, according to a recent UPI report. This is said to be an improvement on earlier years in a society that favours boys and where until recently one child per family was the norm.
Women sold as wives typically go for between US$8,000 (K8,000,000) and $12,000, reports Xinhua.
According to a report in the Fair Observer, there are about 250,000 victims of human trafficking in China, both from internal and regional sources.