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Indonesia warns of mail-order bride scheme

  • Dian Septiari

    The Jakarta Post

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Jakarta   /   Fri, October 11, 2019   /  08:17 am
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This year, Indonesian Embassy in Beijing received a total of 42 complaints filed by Indonesian women who had married Chinese men under such a mail-order bride arrangement, three of whom were underage.(Shutterstock/File)

Indonesia is facing a worrying increase of possible human-trafficking cases, with young women from across the archipelago being lured under the guise of "mail-order brides" to China, where the one-child policy has resulted in a gender imbalance and shortage of women to marry. Between January to October, the Indonesian Embassy in Beijing, in collaboration with various government agencies and China’s authorities, sent home 36 women who had fallen victim to bride trafficking. "The main challenge now is how we can all strengthen preventive measures at home, including educating the public so people are not tempted by promises of financial benefits that are usually offered by marriage agents," the Indonesian Embassy in Beijing's deputy chief of mission, Listyowati, said on Thursday on the sidelines of a discussion over the handling of bride trafficking to Ch...