AP Medical Writer
HANOI, Vietnam — Vietnam’s preference for boys over girls is further tipping the balance between the sexes in Asia, already skewed by a strong bias for boys among Chinese and Indians. The trend could lead to increased trafficking of women and social unrest, a U.N. report says.
Vietnam is now positioned where China was a decade ago, logging about 110 boys born to every 100 girls in a country where technology is readily available to determine the sex of a fetus and where abortion is legal, according to research released this week by the U.N. Population Fund.
The sex ratio at birth generally should equal about 105 boys to 100 girls, according to the report.
“The consequences are already happening in neighboring countries like China, South Korea and Taiwan. They have to import brides,” said Tran Thi Van, assistant country representative of the Population Fund in Hanoi, adding that many brides are coming from Vietnam. “I don’t know where Vietnam could import brides from if that situation happened here in the next 10 or 15 years.”