AT THE age of 20, Zhang Chunli had never set foot outside Zhongjiang, the nearest town to her small village in China's western Sichuan province. So when the man she had just started dating offered to take her for a weekend trip to his home town, she jumped at the chance.
Chen Changhua was good-looking and making a good living removing warts from farmers' feet.
Her "boyfriend" and his friends tricked Ms Zhang all the way to Hohhot, in Inner Mongolia, thousands of kilometres to the north. Sensing something was not right, Ms Zhang demanded to be taken back, but the men claimed to have run out of money.
Mr Chen took her to a farmer's family in a desert village, supposedly to borrow money. "When Chen readied himself to go, I got up, too. But the family pushed me down. I didn't understand what they were saying. Then the hard truth hit me: I was sold for 3600 yuan," she said.
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