Chinese authorities are investigating the disappearance of more than 100 Vietnamese women in Hebei Province. The women were married through a matchmaker, Wu Meiyu, to men rural parts of the province.
On 20 November, the wives reportedly told their husbands that they were having a meal with other Vietnamese brides. They subsequently became uncontactable.
When the husbands went to Ms Wu’s home to confront her, they found out that she had left a few days earlier.
Jinghua Daily reported that at least one bride subsequently returned. She claimed that she “lost consciousness” after the meal and awoke to find herself in a small house far from her husband’s village of Quzhou.
She was told that she would be going elsewhere to “find another husband”. The woman left the house and returned to Quzhou to file a police report.