Pakistani Brides Trafficked in China

Jul 7, 2019 | Asia, China, News

Culture & Travel 

Pakistan Bride, China – SCMP/AP 

Vulnerable Pakistani brides are tricked into marrying Chinese men in China and are subjected to horrible acts such as abuse, organ extraction, and prostitution.

The number of Pakistani woman being trafficked to China to marry Chinese men are at an all-time high. Most girls are being sold by their parents.

Although the marriage of two Christians might seem perfect, it is a nightmare for Pakistani women. A few months after their union, the Pakistani brides will be back again in their home country to escape a life of abuse and sexual servitude in China.

The market for Pakistani wives has grown dramatically in recent years.  There have even been reports of clergy members in Asian news which suggest they are assisting traffickers in exchange for a huge sum.

The clergy usually finds poor women and promises their family thousands of dollars if they give their daughter’s hand in marriage. Chinese men also offer to shoulder the wedding expenses which will comply with strict Pakistani customs.

The parents are told that their children are marrying rich Chinese Christians. Unfortunately, those are all false promises since most men are neither wealthy nor Christians.

Although young women do not agree to marry, they do not have a choice.  Many of them are even stuck in China and cannot find a way to contact their family and come back home due to poverty and language barrier.

“This is human smuggling. Greed is really responsible for these marriages. I have met with some of these girls and they are very poor,” said Ijaz Alam Augustine, Punjab’s human right and minorities minister.

According to Augustine, the Chinese government and its embassy in Pakistan is not paying attention to the issue. Many reports indicate that the agencies even issue travel documents and visas easily.

Pakistan’s Federal Investigation Agency recently arrested eight Chinese nationals during raids and secret operations in Pakistan’s Punjab province. The Chinese embassy is also cooperating with Pakistan to act against the issue.

Christian women are not the only ones targeted in illegal marriage. There are also Muslim women who come from poor families who are trafficked. 

Celebrate the Year of the Rat: The Luxury Edition

This year, Rats are set to rule the world with their natural confidence, sharp wit, intelligence, and a strong sense of teamwork. Rats can be a force to reckon with, and they can run the gamut from being shrewd to being amiable and gentle. Can any of these lux items reflect the Rat in you?

China’s Deliveryman Fights for Recognition in the Boxing World

Zhang started out in martial arts but his interest in boxing was piqued when he saw a documentary about the rags-to-riches story of Philippines boxing great
Manny Pacquiao.

Pyongyang Bar: The Only North Korean-Themed Pub in Seoul

Tucked away in the dazzling neon of Seoul’s Hongdae nightlife district, a small building bears an image of a North Korean-looking construction worker pointing to the slogan: “Look! It’s the Pyongyang Bar!”

The Okinawa Purple Potato May be the Key to Living to 100

Ah, sweet potatoes. – one of the yummiest and most nutrient-dense foods you can eat. While the Okinawan purple sweet potato is harder to find and more expensive than its other counterparts, it’s something you should try at least once in your life.

Heavy Metal Remains Underground in South Korea

Head-banging away in the shadow of a multi-billion-dollar K-pop industry, South Korea’s axe-wielding heavy metal bands shred a modest trail of destruction.

In Photos: The Harbin Ice and Snow Festival 2020

China’s annual ice festival in Harbin has kicked off with couples lining up for a snow-themed mass wedding, swimmers braving frigid waters and frozen palaces rising from the ground.

SSENSE Releases Luxury Fashion Line for Dogs

SSENSE is spoiling dogs with their new luxury line featuring some of the best names in fashion, from Burberry to Versace, they got our pups covered.

South Koreans Celebrate Independence In New York

South Koreans flocked the streets of Midtown Manhattan as they celebrated their Centennial Independence.

The United States Bares Teeth to Chinese Territory

Tensions are high surrounding three nations with much to fight for in the South China Sea

Exiled K-Pop Star May Finally Return to Korea after 17 Years

A K-pop singer who was deported and barred from South Korea for avoiding conscription by becoming a US citizen should be allowed to return after 17 years in exile, a court ruled Friday.

Top Enchanting Malaysian Dishes to Try

Malaysian food is often creamy, spicy, and flavorful – a testament to the diversity of this strong nation.

Himalayan Kung Fu Nuns Battle Against Stereotypes

They train with swords and fighting fans after their prayers and morning chants. Meet the Himalayan kung fu nuns using their martial arts skills to challenge stereotypes about women’s roles in the region’s patriarchal societies.

Indonesia: Komodo Island Eyed to Shut Down

Visiting Indonesia to see Komodo Dragons next year? You might want to adjust your plans.

Commercial Building in Shanghai Collapses

A commercial building that was under renovation collapsed in Shanghai. Local officials report that the death toll has risen to 10 people

Famous Coffee From Asia

From Robusta to Kopi Luwak, Asia truly has it all.

The Race for 5G In Asia

Unsurprisingly, the 5G race in Asia sees South Korea and China leading the pack for fifth-generation mobile interconnectivity.

Thai Journalist Sentenced to 2 Years For Defamation via Twitter

A Thai journalist sentenced to two years in prison for defaming the owner of a poultry farm via a tweet said Thursday the kingdom’s criminal libel laws are eviscerating media freedom.

Paris Ballet’s Foreign Dancers Achieving the ‘Impossible Dream’

Watching YouTube as a child in Australia, the idea of one day joining the ranks of the hallowed Paris Opera Ballet seemed nothing short of an impossible dream.

Taiwan Becomes the City of Hope for Hong Kong Protestors

Protests that have paralysed Hong Kong for nearly six months are pushing residents to seek new lives abroad, with many turning to nearby democratic Taiwan to escape the uncertainty at home.

Young Whale Found Dead in the Philippines with 40 Kilos of Plastic

A tale of heartbreak – a dead whale was found in the shores of the Philippines. Marine biologists are calling it the worst case of plastic ingestion.

Leaked Private Info of Protestors Linked to China and Russia

Using Russia-based servers and promoted by powerful groups linked to China’s ruling Communist Party, a sophisticated anonymous website is targeting Hong Kong pro-democracy figures — and there is almost no way to stop it.

Hong Kong University Campus Turns Into Scorched Battleground

A modern city-centre campus disfigured by fire and strewn with debris, its windows smashed and graffiti covering the red-brick walls — a Hong Kong university has become the epicentre of the city’s nearly six-month crisis.

Volvo Tests Out Autonomous Buses in Singapore

Singapore is leading the autonomous vehicle scene as Volvo, and a local university collaborates to test out driverless buses

Hong Kong: Billionaire Li Ka-shing Donates over $100m to Businesses

The 91-year-old billionaire said small and medium-sized businesses would benefit from the fund, worth HK$1 billion (US$128 million), which will be distributed in partnership with the government.

Karaoke World Championships Debut in Japan for the First Time

In a figure-hugging sparkly dress, Val Monique tears around the stage, whipping up the crowd as she channels her inner Tina Turner and belts out “Proud Mary.”

Most Breathtaking Beaches in The Philippines

Want to skip the dull weather and head to a tropical paradise in the Philippines? We’ve rounded up the best beach destinations in the country just for you

Human Rights Watch Chief Barred From Entry to Hong Kong

China on Monday defended barring the head of Human Rights Watch from entering Hong Kong, saying non-governmental organizations were responsible for political unrest in the city and should “pay the proper price”.

Missing Parents: Turkey’s Uighur Refugee Camp Turns Orphanage

The school on the outskirts of Istanbul is a rare place where Uighur child refugees from China can study their language and culture.

North Korea’s Water Park for the Elite and Wealthy

North Korea’s Water Park Open to tourists but with close scrutiny

Makeshift Hospital Saving Dozens of Koalas Injured in Bushfires

Dozens of injured koalas arrive at the Kangaroo Island Wildlife Park’s makeshift animal hospital each day in cat carriers, washing baskets or clinging to wildlife carers.

Meet Awkwafina: Breakout Star Who Started from Rap & Hip-Hop

The past two years shaped up to be a busy year for comedian/actress Awkwafina. And amidst a buzzing Hollywood career, the Queens-born star still remains on top of the refreshing Asian female rappers today.

Chinese Investors Flocked to Greece ‘Golden Visa’ Program Worth $1B Since Debut

Chinese investor Jiang Rungong, who moved to Greece three years ago, says he and his family could not be happier in their new home on the Athens coast.

China’s Surveillance Program Gets Backing From Local Tech Firms

China is now drawing closer than ever to building a more closely-monitored society as it gains more support from domestic surveillance tech firms.

A Cure for Hangover? South Korea Has Some

From tea to morning recovery elixirs – does South Korea really have tonics to end dreaded hangovers?

Takashi Murakami: A Visionary for the Senses

Take a look into the life of one of the world’s most adored Japanese artists

Mandatory Military Service: A Duty or A Burden

In this era of relative peace, do we really think Asian countries like Taiwan and South Korea still has the need to impose force conscription on its young men and women?

World’s First: Japan Firm Develops Second Skin Spray-on Facemask

A Japanese cosmetics company Wednesday unveiled what it said was the world’s first spray-on skin, a moisturising facemask made of fibres one-100th the thickness of a human hair.

Did you miss the ART BASEL Hong Kong?

Did you miss the ART event of the year? See the Best highlights video here for Art Basel Hong Kong

Radio Station Clapback Response to Netflix Snub on Malaysian Street Food

Malaysian radio station BFM 89.9 and advertising agency Fisherman teamed up for #BersatuForMakan, a call to unite for shared love of food, to celebrate National Day and Malaysia Day

Singapore Makes Drone Registration Compulsory

Traveling to Singapore with a drone anytime soon? You might want to rethink your decision. The country has required all drone owners to get permits before flying one or risk penalty or jail time.

Singapore Aids the Philippines in its Wildlife Preservation

The Philippines and Singapore have come to an agreement that could save the former’s national identity.

The Unbanked in Asia

Southeast Asia alone has 650 million unbanked individuals. Despite improving connectivity, many countries in Asia still show large percentages of the ‘unbanked,’ or people who simply do not have ownership or access to traditional bank accounts.

K-Pop Star Siwon Choi Faced Backlash for ‘Liking’ Hong Kong Tweet

A South Korean pop star has become the latest celebrity to spark anger on the Chinese internet after he “liked” a tweet about the divisive issue of pro-democracy unrest in Hong Kong.

South Korea Task Force Daily Crackdown on Illegal Porn

In a drab government office in Seoul, a team of broadcast regulators spend their days watching online porn — the front line troops of South Korea’s attempts to crack down on spycam videos that mostly expose women.

China’s Farm to Riches by Using Videos Apps to Create Buzz Online

“Do you want a piece?” beekeeper Ma Gongzuo says, looking into the camera of a friend’s smartphone before biting into the dripping comb of amber-colored honey.

Asia’s Hidden Treasure

A Look at Asia’s Wondrous Treasury of Natural Resources in Asia

Japanese Doctor Who Dedicated His Life to Helping Afghans Killed in Attack

A Japanese doctor whose long career was dedicated to helping some of Afghanistan’s poorest people was among six people killed Wednesday in an attack in the east of the country, officials said.

Thai Cafe Faces Backlash From Fans Over Blackpink Lisa Visits

A Bangkok cafe drew the wrath of thousands of fans of K-pop girl group Blackpink, following “inappropriate” comments posted by the owner about a visit from Thai superstar member Lalisa Manoban.

Bird’s Nest: The Caviar of the East

Learn how bird’s nest soup, a unique and expensive ingredient which originated in Asia has taken over the global food industry by storm

Simon Cheng Claimed Chinese Police Tortured Him with ‘Tiger Chair’

A former employee of Britain’s consulate in Hong Kong said Wednesday that Chinese secret police tortured and interrogated him about London’s role in protests in the semi-autonomous city.

Children Become Nuns to Escape Conflict in Myanmar

Teenager Dhama Theingi dreams of becoming an engineer and playing football, but for now she must rise for dawn prayers before pounding Yangon’s streets to collect alms as one of Myanmar’s growing number of child nuns seeking refuge from conflict.

EU’s Ban On Asia’s Palm Oil Exports – What Could Go Wrong?

For what seems to be a sensible move made by the European Union in banning biofuels made from palm oil could mean a huge problem for two of the world’s largest palm producers.

A Notable List of Asian Whisky Brands to Try

Are you a whisky lover? Here are the top brands of whiskey that dominate the market in Asia – from Japan’s classic whisky brands to Singapore’s weird whisky of choice

India: Modi’s Bold Claim ‘Open-Defecation Free’ in Question

India is to be declared “open-defecation free” by Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Wednesday evening, although experts question his bold claim that all 1.3 billion people in the country have access to a toilet.

Updated Guide to the Great Wall of China 2019

The Great Wall of China is not only one of the most breathtaking sighs in the world. It is also a testament to the rich culture and history of the country

Japan’s Reiwa Era – More Than Just a Name

Japan’s newest era has an undeniable geopolitical undertone.