在中国,买妻的历史与男女地位的历史同样悠久。独生子女政策执行了30多年,贫富差距逐渐变大,在中介宣传的吸引下,一些中国单身男性开始试图通过贩卖人口和跨国婚姻等非法或灰色途径,来解决自己的婚姻问题。这些人当中,有的出身贫困,有的身患残疾,有的年龄过大,有的离异后不再相信爱情,还有极少数只想寻找更多的性伴侣。

2013年3月,三名中国单身汉各自向一家婚介所支付了38000元人民币,希望在中间人的帮助下找到理想的女性。有两个人实现了他们的愿望,其中学历最高的那位最终失望而归,他或许太过轻佻,原本已答应结婚的女孩在婚礼前一晚悔婚了。不论结局如何,三个人各自都经历了一段足够离奇的旅程。

—2013

The history of buying wives is as old as the uneven status of men and women in China. Since 1949, the one-child policy has been carried for over 30 years, while the gap between rich and poor is widening, which has led to a shortage of brides, more and more Chinese and Southeast Asian women were lured and trafficked to remote regions of China in the past years, as well as the rural men who, like the three men in the story, sought to buy a wife.

Attracted by the publicity of the commercial marriage agencies, more and more leftover men are trying to solve their problems through illegal marriages. Some of them were born in poverty, some were above the normal age for marriage while some got divorced. After paying RMB 38,000 each to a Vietnamese Bride agent, three Chinese bachelors made it to arrive Vietnam in March 2013, hoping to purchase an ideal wife with the help of money. Some accomplished their wish while the others retreated with disappointment. But all of them experienced an absurd journey.

—2013

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