Some men now buy ‘wives’ from abroad because of China’s preference for baby boys

KANDAL PROVINCE, Cambodia — Petite, soft-spoken and innocent Kai Sochoeun dreamed of a much better life, from the poverty she was created into in rural Cambodia. She passed her times fetching water from a pond and looking after chickens that roamed near her wood stilt house. The men were watched by her in her own town skeptically. When they just cared about cards and liquor, just just how could wedding improve her life? “I was not enthusiastic about a spouse,” she said. That changed whenever an acquaintance of her uncle approached her having an opportunity that is once-in-a-lifetime. The girl could request Kai to go to China, where there’s an… read more →