If Not Aborted, Chinese Girls Are Now Kidnapped

Beyond the Veil| The result of China’s one child per family policy has been a tendency to abort or abandon girl babies. For years demographers have been advising that this practice would result in a shortage of girls in China. Today the male|female ratio stands at 124 boys for every 100. The London Times reports that in one province, the figure has risen to 192.

The result is a new horror for Chinese girls — they are kidnapped as commodities by farmers wanting wives for their small sons or by men wanting a child bride without a dowry.

The official Chinese etimates are 2,000-3,000 girls are abducted each year. Per the London times, state-controlled newspapers have put the figure as high as 20,000, with only a few cases solved. A