A pregnant 12-year-old girl who was rescued from her 40-year-old “husband” had been trafficked into China from her homeland in Vietnam, it has been revealed.
The girl was forced to marry a Chinese man and was four months pregnant when he took her to a hospital .
The “husband” – identified only by the surname Liu – claimed she was aged 20 but was unable to fool doctors, who tipped off local police .
Chinese officials are now working closely with their colleagues in Vietnam to try and find the child trafficking victim’s family after she revealed she was from the capital of Hanoi.
The girl has given investigators the names of her family members.
She is being cared for at a hospital in Xuzhou City, in China’s eastern Jiangsu Province, and her 35-year-old “husband” – who was initially said to be aged 40 – and “mother-in-law” have been arrested.
Shockingly the trafficking of girls and women from neighbouring countries into China where there is a shortage of women is increasingly common.
But this case is particularly shocking because of the young age of the girl.
Major General Ho Sy Tien, Director of the Criminal Police Department with Vietnam’s Ministry of Public Security, said they believed the girl was most likely abducted and sold across the border sometime between 2010 and 2011.
She would have been around six or seven years old at the time.
Local authorities in Hanoi are now also in the process of verifying the girl’s claims about her family and place of residence, but no results have been released.
Tien was quoted as saying: “So far there have been no results. We have yet to find her family, though initial findings of the case have been published in the media, so anyone who may know her can inform the police.”
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The Vietnamese Embassy in China as well as the Consulate General in the eastern port city of Shanghai – right next to Jiangsu Province – are said to be trying to arrange a meeting with the girl.