The preference for male children, coupled with China’s oppressive population control measure, have led to the mass slaughter of innocent, unborn baby girls.
After decades of oppression, the Asian country now has a huge gender imbalance, and millions of young men cannot find women to marry. Estimates for the number of girls who were sex-selectively aborted in China range from 35 million to 60 million.
The Epoch Times reports the current ratio of boys to girls in China is 115.4 to 100, and more needs to be done to promote the value of women and girls in the Asian nation.
Here’s more from the report:
Hong Kong-based broadcaster Phoenix Television reported on Nov. 13 that the current gender imbalance means that over one million bachelors will end up being single for the rest of their lives.
The Chinese regime’s own numbers published by state mouthpiece People’s Daily in 2012 suggest the dimensions of the problem are several times greater. There are about 11.959 million bachelors between the ages of 30 and 39, compared to about 5.82 million bachelorettes in the same age range. In other words, in that cohort one expects over 6 million bachelors to remain unwed.
According to the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences, in 2020 there will be 24 million single men looking for a wife.
As a result, recent research suggests some marriageable women are setting their sights too high, looking for rich, successful husbands, knowing that men will compete for them. On the opposite end, evidence indicates that the crisis has led to even more oppression in the form of human trafficking and sex slavery.
An October 2016 report from the U.S. Congressional-Executive Commission on China described the country’s human rights record as “utterly disgraceful.” It found that coercive population control measures continue, despite China’s new two-child policy.
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“As of 2015, there were reportedly 34 million more men than women and there are an estimated 62 million ‘missing girls,’ those aborted due to a cultural preference for sons and exacerbated by decades of enforced birth limitations. The sex ratio imbalance is a significant factor that contributes to human trafficking for forced marriage and commercial sexual exploitation,” the report states.
The Epoch Times described other ways the crisis has affected China:
The institution of marriage is under strain in China. According to data from China’s Ministry of Civil Affairs, 11.428 million couples registered for marriage in 2016, a 6.7 percent drop from a year earlier. Meanwhile, the divorce rate has increased from 1.85 percent in 2009 to 3 percent in 2016, an increase of 38 percent in seven years.
While China has to confront possible social instability as a result of having so many unmarried men, leading to the crimes of sex trafficking or the kidnapping of women, the Chinese regime has done little to encourage people to stay married. In fact, the frequent news of sex scandals among Chinese Communist Party (CCP) officials have indirectly encouraged extramarital affairs.
China loosened its one child policy in 2016, allowing families to have two children instead; but the change has done very little to alleviate the gendercide. Families report they still face pressure from the population control police to have fewer children, to be sterilized and even to abort their unborn babies. Some of the abuses include being coerced or forced to abort their unborn children, fired from their jobs and penalized with huge fines.
In October 2016, the BBC interviewed a Chinese family who went into hiding after conceiving a third child.
“The local government carries out pregnancy examinations every three months,” the husband told the BBC. “If we weren’t in hiding, they would have forced us to have an abortion.”