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Subscribe to France 24 now: http://f24.my/youtubeEN FRANCE 24 live news stream: all the latest news 24/7 http://f24.my/YTliveEN In China, the one-child policy has wreaked havoc. By encouraging the birth of boys rather than girls, an imbalance of the sexes has emerged. China now counts far more men than women. Millions of these men, now of marriageable age, are desperately seeking a wife - and they will do anything to try to find one, even if it means buying one abroad or even kidnapping a woman. Marjolaine Grappe and Christophe Barreyre tell us more in this documentary. The Chinese call them "Guang gun", "dead branches" which will never bear fruit. In short, men condemned to a life without a wife, without children, and without the hope of one day starting a family. In China, there are already millions of these bachelors in search of a soulmate and their ranks are swelling. Ten years ago, there was talk of the "curse of being born a girl". As a result of the one-child policy – in force until 2015 - millions of little girls were killed before they were born or just afterwards. Sometimes they were abandoned shortly after their birth. Most families preferred to give birth to a boy, so that he could carry on the family line. ►► Also watch our report: "China's second child flop" It turned out to be a demographic time bomb. Today, the “curse” has backfired on these boys, who are now men. According to forecasts from the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences, one in five men will be unable to find a wife by 2020. China will have a surplus of 30 to 40 million men under the age of 19. That’s the equivalent of the entire population of young men in the United States. Trafficking of women In some regions, "single villages" have emerged. The few women who were there have left the area to look for a rich husband in town. So men who want a chance to get married have to move to other regions. Millions of young men flock to the south of the country and work day and night in the factories of the Pearl Delta, "the workshop of the world", while hoping to find a soulmate. But even here, women are in short supply. In desperation, some Chinese men prefer to run away or buy a woman abroad, often from Burma, Vietnam or Indonesia... Others give up. For some, anything goes, even if it means enlisting the help of traffickers and kidnapping a woman. We went to meet single men who are crushed by the mathematical impossibility of finding a spouse and prepared to do anything not to end up alone. They agreed to speak to us and to take us to the heart of this unlikely trafficking operation. A report by Marjolaine Grappe and Christophe Barreyre / Orientxpress Production. Visit our website: http://www.france24.com Subscribe to our YouTube channel: http://f24.my/youtubeEN Like us on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/FRANCE24.English Follow us on Twitter: https://twitter.com/France24_en
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Text Comments (11961)
Evan Landré (11 hours ago)
8:44 she’s beautiful 😍
Nunya Bidness (16 hours ago)
2:55 In American we call a 32 y/o, no girlfriend, living with momma & daddy a World of Warcraft gamer.
Ub2 (16 hours ago)
2:13 korean man?
Alexander Smith (18 hours ago)
Alot of chinese see their children as an future investment for a better life for themselves when they grow older so they gave working adult taking care of them. That philosophy comes before anything less including the childs who is now adult happiness, they even ger to say who they are going to marry. Also chinese women are alot like thai women, pure hypergamy 101 mindset. She cares not about you as a person or race, social status that she wants is number one, her family and children are number 2, and you as a male somewhere at the very bottom of the totem pole. No money, no honey. Wealthier asians can have as many women as they want and can pick. Poor, or lower middle class average lee not so much.
Kunal Chavan (18 hours ago)
Woww what a disgusting country this is! men and women both are piece of shits.. feel bad for the men there....men would have no value there
Mephistin (19 hours ago)
So when the foreigners come to china and date said Chinese women, the Chinese men get an appetite for white barbecues. But in the end, it all boils down to wealth... Unless you've got six figures in the tank, women all over the world will ignore you. Foreigner or not... That's societal standards, currency is the only value in this world... It's dark, cold and unforgiving.
This needed to happen.
When you abort girls this is what happens. How did they not expect this?
Morga Hussain (1 day ago)
Be gay now .
Cyber Pirate (1 day ago)
Being seeing quite a few pakistani women marrying Chinese men. Due to their close proximity & current relations, I wouldn't be surprised if millions more are to come and marry pakistani girls.
Saucy The Great (1 day ago)
"HIGH IQ"😂😂😂😂
100,000,000 million girls offside because of Chinese cultural discrimination against women. Chris Griffin in Family Guy walking around with his doll girlfriend has just come to real life. China might have to open it LGBTQ franchises and exercise more population control.
Dilz M (1 day ago)
I’m single😀 Date me!!
Collins Crapo (1 day ago)
Any society that aborts or kills its girl babies today sows the seeds of its boys killing each other in war or violent crime 20 years from now. Look at the Taiping & Nian rebellions in mid-19th century China.
ZeroCold Gg (1 day ago)
dont worry girls very soon nobody will bother you with going out....ever again.
truthbetold (1 day ago)
why would the remaining Chinese women wanna marry a Chinese man, and risk having to have their first born baby girl murdered? This is one of the reasons Chinese women want to marry someone of another race. The Chinese woman cant trust you Chinese men to do right by them
J W (1 day ago)
Imagine how stuck up the women are. OMG 😶😶😶
All their women want us white men. I guess they have to continue to move to Africa and breed with those women.
J W (1 day ago)
Hey China..HaHaaa karma police got ya
Max Moya (1 day ago)
they should go to the gym
imra veres (1 day ago)
There is certain rules to logic nature is never wrong there is balance 50/50 everywhere else no this problem the must give them something to food or water or air etc.
imra veres (1 day ago)
made in chinamade
TheNewYorkMimes (1 day ago)
Gay sex must be common.
Arkra Cera (1 day ago)
come to the west where 5 guys can share a woman, and best thing about it is you don't need to have a certificate just call it dating.
Sivert Leinan (1 day ago)
8:25 Did that guy just clinch her ear...?
siyumi dissanayake (1 day ago)
Did you hear that shocking revelation 9:10 😎 *Sarcasm intended*
napoleon (2 days ago)
China is fu**ed up
Sang Ca (2 days ago)
pakheng (2 days ago)
Just import women from Southeast Asia and Eastern Europe. That's what we do in the US, we have mail order brides from Russia, Ukraine, the Philippines, Cambodia etc. Problem solved
CommentatorXYZ (2 days ago)
Same situation in India too!
William Ruiz (2 days ago)
Ask Muslim extremists if they can spare any of the 70 virgins or just promote gay- lgtbq there. 😃
Owl_Lover (2 days ago)
If I was the last girl I would kidnap myself😂😂😂
David Bunney (2 days ago)
It's strange. In the West the solution would be simple. If there are not enough women then choose an alternative lifestyle... 1 women to multiple men or men with men... The question is what happens to long term population and how well do non standard families raise kids...
Owl_Lover (2 days ago)
Talk about a country shooting itself in the foot🤔
kystars (2 days ago)
haha too funny, having a doll for a girlfriend. but the Chinese logic is stupid and strange. better to have boys? but the woman carries the baby.. you NEED females. really dumb logic
Dolores Boston (2 days ago)
It just boggles the mind, these cultures revere the male child, want and desire the male child, throw the female child to the wolves....but my question is, if the female is worth so little and can be aborted simply because she’s not wanted then who exactly is going to give birth to the highly revered, wanted and desired male child? You sure as hell ain’t gonna get no child from that doll.
Chen Lyapunov (2 days ago)
"women hold half of the sky" 女人也顶半边天, is not a old proverb, it was a slogan by Mao when he encourage gender equal and female rights. this is one of the misinterpretations in this not so long documentary. Pathetic..
The Tillman Review (2 days ago)
NEW FLASH: The reason why most of those guys can't find a wife is because they are dorks...there. I said it. Women don't want them because they are unattractive, poor, are uninteresting and have no aspirations beyond working in the factories. Per capita, the same types of guys get the most women, regardless of scarcity.
the spoopy moth (2 days ago)
9:47 me :'(
Robert K (2 days ago)
Logic isn't exactly a thing in China. Makes sense?
Reaper5.56 Xx (2 days ago)
This will cause a revolution real quickly when young men can’t have a wife it causes them to be violent
mimi kwisha (2 days ago)
Thats why i love my weiner.
Megan Faircloth (2 days ago)
I'm right here boys
HUNG MIN (3 days ago)
We made a big mistake in the past by throwing infant girls away, now we pay for it. Never fight mother nature, you will lose. The quick way to fix it, send every man to conquer the world. Just like Genghis Khan, Persia, and the Roman Empire. Which leaders have the will to do it? More likely none. Because it leads to the end of the world due to the Atomic bombs. The easy way to change everyone DNA to deliver girls only, no more boys. Girls will conquer the world for a change. Then it's hard to find men but men will love it.
jaxk snow (2 days ago)
No china is just like white people. Dont be guilty. Be strong.
G L (3 days ago)
That’s depressing
OneFatKitten (3 days ago)
Me and my friends need some boyfriend over here
Divine (3 days ago)
I pity the Indonesian girl. She was sold and may never see her family ever again.
j m (3 days ago)
Chinas overpopulation problem solved lol. I love the chinese culture but this move of having male preference was and is so stupid...
TOOhigh2QuiT (3 days ago)
This video tried to over complicate the issue in order to make China look bad. most women married up, thats true in general across the world, not just in China. the guys featured in the video are mostly under class "have nots", thats the reason for their difficulties in finding partners.
and in japan it is exact opposite people in japan don't want marriage
Joe Diaz (3 days ago)
Poor people ruin everything.
Sha B (3 days ago)
omgsh i feel so bad for Lai
Vicky Rose (3 days ago)
How ironic... The dolls in the boxes represent... All those baby girls that could off been born.
Joseph Park (3 days ago)
Americans say, "There are plenty of fish in the sea" unfortunately that isn't true for many men.
bob lai (3 days ago)
Here here look what i got here i bought from indonesia lai and i laied to her ok the whole family live in one house , ill put the sign out if u see it rocking hear it rocking or banging away dont bother knocking hmmm in the morning look at each other as if nothing happened
LV Teach Me (3 days ago)
Buy a doll until you can move to another country and wed a human being.
bob lai (3 days ago)
I dont know man these chinese woman are rude obnoxious messed up teeth and the skin aint much better sad state of affairs
Ronald Schultenover (3 days ago)
Marry another man
Richard Allen (3 days ago)
Be gay.
FAT cat (3 days ago)
China 2016: we need to start reducing the population, everyone kill your children(daughters) China 2018: “Too many man, too many man. We need more gyals in here!”
FAT cat (3 days ago)
Chinese women should ditch Chinese men and look beyond the horizon wink wink nudge nudge
Lop Kam (3 days ago)
See what happens when you don't treat people equally?
TheChristobalgonzale (3 days ago)
If they wanted population control all they hadto do is what the United States does, poison their people which cigarettes alcohol Oxycontin Etc.
gavmild b (3 days ago)
China: what son because son is better After decades China : why no one wants to marry my son ,he has to all the house work,poor boy Some part of china : kidnaps woman for their son China : homosexuality is not allowed Also China :why so many people are single But China still wants boy This is meant to be a joke
Abrams Zahid (4 days ago)
This getting really depressing that they really sort into actual rape in mountain
Abrams Zahid (4 days ago)
When MGTOW isnt a choice, but a must have. I feel quite privileged now but at least it wasnt our fault right?
Jerry Crooker (4 days ago)
Since China is investing so heavily in Venezuela , why don't the Chinese men go buy Venezuelan brides..Since the women ( and everyone else ) is starving there , I'm sure you could buy them very cheaply ...!!! Just a thought..!!
"He cannot find a wife; He lives with his parents"
Sam'sWorld (4 days ago)
This happens when the Red plague takes over your country.
Light friend (4 days ago)
Do we live in a fuckn movie or what?
C Y D (4 days ago)
it's interesting to hear that women are seen as better workers and the shortage of them makes the company consider using robots instead of men ... that's not something I was expecting to hear
DeeVaBae CHRONICLES (4 days ago)
I guess I'll feel like a queen in China!
J (4 days ago)
Issue: Government shortsighted policy and parents favor boy over girl. Comments: "It must be these young man's fault and they get what they deserved hurr durr."
Neon Rider (4 days ago)
Way to go Chine...what the F did you think would happen if you kept eliminating one sex?
fffthis (4 days ago)
Aren't the Chinese highly intelligent? How could they not have predicted that this would become a problem? That if they were curing one problem they needed to stem it a certain way? How would they not have established a program to provide so many girls to boys in that ratio? Just curious that more isn't being shared in this documentary.
Jay Flaboozy (4 days ago)
oh how the tables have turn
Rachel Garber (4 days ago)
Aww, what a shame, they stopped having girls and now the grown "boys" can't find a wife. Oh the irony
lily sing (4 days ago)
so chinese experts suggested china should start the Polyandry. As a chinese female, I really agree with this suggestion. I want to have 5 husbands, and I will not care about they are farms or not , they are poor or rich, i will do no care at all. btw, their age should be around me. China should be Polyandry! one woman can have several husbands ! Stupid chinese government prefer millions of guys to be alone until die ?
CS F (4 days ago)
Guess these guy's parents shouldn't have killed all their daughters, now they have to pay the price. Sad.
BattleScar (4 days ago)
This is a way globalists want to depopulate the earth and those people fell for their agenda.
Karen Gilliland (4 days ago)
After killing and aborting female babies by the millions, what did they expect?
Lendl Alfred (4 days ago)
This Indonesian woman doesn't look happy. She will be missing her family and parents back home and the sad thing is that she may never allow to return home. This woman shortage is due to the former one child policy and favouring more boys to girls, because boys will carry on the family name and would be better suited to take care of elderly children. To make matter worse, some Chinese women are getting married to foreign men. Chinese women are in short supply, therefore this situation doesn't make the availability of these women easier. The lesson of the story is girls are just as valuable as boys, stop the abortion of female fetuses.
Lendl Alfred (4 days ago)
Wendy Kan, that is really sad, how can they do this to baby girls. Women are nertures and give birth to children. They also contribute to any development to the society. Sometimes cultural practices are detrimental because look what is happening now.
Wendy Kan (4 days ago)
Lendl Alfred Not only just abortion. Many baby girls were also abandoned and left to die by the roadside in China.
Saqi S (4 days ago)
Future generation going to suffer coz of a decision of a few in power
dsourn (4 days ago)
Here I am struggling to fight away women, picking whom is best for me.
Mary Kennerley (4 days ago)
Chinese parent have always only valued boys, leaving baby girls to die in the street because they want a son. Now China is paying for that, the same thong happened in India were female foetus's are being aborted.
Gabriel Guidotti (4 days ago)
Human is the great treacherous creatures on earth.
soyon manlai (4 days ago)
Those men should first get to have volunteer for military then get married, before duty calls?
Vishwajeet D (4 days ago)
I'm happy he got a wife! Finally, gets to have sex!😂
Mason Will (5 days ago)
go Africa
Black Becky (5 days ago)
I pray that Chinese man and his beautiful Indonesian wife will acclimated beautifully.❤️
Black Becky (5 days ago)
I’m hoping these men find love❤️
cybercats (5 days ago)
First this is their own fault but i do think it's sad no one wants to die alone 😞 (i knew a boy from china that told me about this because the hospital wouldn't let his family know if he was a boy or girl before being born). They can fall in love with foreigners but that doesn't help much either
Hamilton Duckro (5 days ago)
Would be cool to see a follow up to see what's going on...like if she's still with him...
J H (5 days ago)
$70k to find a wife...Stay single and enjoy life and keep your money.
Tane (5 days ago)
This world is one sad place.
Tza Oriana (5 days ago)
So sad
june2420111 (5 days ago)
my gosh this is human trafficking. No other words for it. This girl did not have ANY other options. She probably did it hoping she could send some money back home or be less of a burden to her parents. I cried for her. I cannot fathom her pain upon arriving at this place knowing she'll be enslaved by these people with nowhere to run or family to defend her.
Mass Extinction (5 days ago)
Women are biologically shady in capitalistic culture
Mrs. Stewart (5 days ago)
The woman in the situation at the end reminds me of Ceily in The Color Purple.
annuna (5 days ago)
This may help reduce China’s population. A lot of these men won’t have kids, then they’ll die, and the number of humans in China will be less.
panda in a bambo (5 days ago)
It will be horrible for there economy

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