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Vietnam: “Missing Daughters” A Problem

November 2, 2007

by Frank Zeller

HANOI (AFP) – Vietnam‘s birth ratio has become skewed toward boys, a trend that population experts are blaming on a traditional preference for male offspring and the availability of abortion and ultrasound fetal scans.

The international ratio at birth is about 105 boys for every 100 girls, but in Vietnam — in an echoe of trends in China and India — the imbalance has grown to 110-100 and is as high as 120-100 in some provinces.

The “missing daughters” phenomenon, experts fear, may worsen in the current lunar Year of the Golden Pig, deemed a very auspicious time to have a son in Vietnam, a traditionally Confucian country.

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Marriage Brokering Booms in Vietnam

September 6, 2007

In Vietnam, an increasing number of young women are now marrying foreigners through marriage brokers. Last year, more than 10,000 Vietnamese women married men from South Korea alone. But the marriages are often ploys for cheap labor and abuse.

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