Since the 1980s, some women from Vietnam have become victims of kidnapping, the bride-buying trade, and human trafficking and prostitution in China.,Taiwan, South Korea, and in the cases of human trafficking, prostitution and sexual slavery, Cambodia. The present-day struggle of the Vietnamese female victims of “bride-brokers” can be summarized by the larger-than-life poem known as the “The Tale of Kieu,” which narrates the story of a female protagonist of Vietnam who was purchased by foreigners and was violated, yet kept fighting back against her captors and offenders.
Human traffickers, such as in Bangkok, trick, kidnap and detain the women for the purpose of raping them, making them surrogate mothers, and selling their babies to clients in Taiwan. Other Vietnamese women and, most of the time, their children as well, can become stateless persons as a result of failed interracial marriages because by marrying non-Vietnamese men, the Vietnamese bride usually has to renounce her Vietnamese citizenship. Such immigration-related or repatriation problems happen when the marriage fails before the immigration status of the women and children were formalized. Failed interracial marriages between foreigners and Vietnamese women occur in Taiwan, South Korea, Hong Kong, and Singapore.
Between 2005 and 2009, 6,000 women, as well as younger girls, were found to be in the human trafficking statistic. The majority of the women and girls are trafficked to China, 30% are trafficked to Cambodia, and the remaining 10% are trafficked to the destinations across the world