“Missing Women”: China’s Greatest Challenge

In 2004 NBC reported on the rising social problem in China:

The male surplus progressively rose to 111 in 1990, 116 in 2000, and is now is120 boys for each 100 girls at the present time, according to a Chinese think-tank report.

The shortage of women is creating a “huge societal issue,” warned U.N. resident coordinator Khalid Malik earlier this year.

“In eight to 10 years, we will have something like 40 to 60 million missing women,” he said, adding that it will have “enormous implications” for China’s prostitution industry and human trafficking.

A new problem is emerging in human trafficking as women are being literally “kidnapped” and “sold” to men without wives. One report actually blames the families.

This has put a premium on baby boys, while baby girls are often sold off as couples try for a male heir.

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