Poor Christians pay high price in fraudulent 'matchmaking'

Wednesday, May 29, 2019
Charlie Butts (OneNewsNow.com)

Young Pakistani bride to ChinaChristians families in Pakistan are looking to the government to stop shipping their girls to China where many wind up being trafficked in the sex trade.

Pakistan is a fertile ground for traffickers who make promises of marrying Christian girls to wealthy Chinese men. According to a Fox News report earlier this month, "brokers are aggressively seeking out girls for Chinese men, sometimes even cruising outside churches to ask for potential brides. They are being helped by Christian clerics paid to target impoverished parents in their congregation with promises of wealth in exchange for their daughters."

Dede Laugesen, executive director of Save the Persecuted Christians, confirms that report.

"These human traffickers are arranging through their own pastors and clerics to approach very poor Christian families to see about an arranged marriage between the poor Pakistani Christian girl and a Chinese man looking for a bride," she describes.

As the story goes, the young girls are supposedly marrying Christian Chinese men – and many of the Christian families are promised they can join their daughter at a later date in China. But those promises turn out to be fake. Once in China, some of the girls are married to Chinese men because of a lack of women in the country; but many are trafficked in the sex trade, used as forced labor, and otherwise badly treated.

But Laugesen says Pakistan's government is finally taking some action.

"They have in the last month raided a number of these matchmaking services in Lahore and other cities to break the chain that is creating an opportunity for these girls to be trafficked to China," she tells OneNewsNow. According to Laugesen, it's been alleged that some of the girls are being used for organ harvesting.

Twenty of the Pakistani girls have been repatriated to their home country so far – one so terribly abused she died shortly after arriving home.

Photo info: In April 14, 2019 photo above, Mahek Liaqat, who married a Chinese national, shows her marriage certificate in Gujranwala, Pakistan. Poor Pakistani Christian girls are being lured into marriages with Chinese men, whom they are told are Christian and wealthy only to end up trapped in China, married to men who are neither Christian nor well-to-do, and some are unable to return home. (Associated Press)

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