A woman who was found imprisoned in a shed shackled in chains sparking outrage in China over the practice of human trafficking was sold to two ‘husbands’, authorities have said.
The mother of eight, identified only as Xiaohuamei (Little Plum Blossom), was found in a wooden shack on the outskirts of Xuzhou city in Jiangsu province last month wearing thin clothing in the middle of winter and a metal brace around her neck.
The shocking video of her discovery has been viewed billions of times a day on China’s internet, even rivalling the attention given to the Beijing Winter Olympics.
As a result the issue of trafficking women as brides has been thrust into the spotlight in China, after authorities initially dismissed concerns before desperately trying to censor critical comments online…
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