For many years in the northern most part of the Vietnam, there have been mysterious disappearances of thousands of girls. Since 2008 in Lao Cai, 78 Hmong girls between the ages of 14 and 18 have gone missing. The Hmong have a cultural practice of Hmong boys “kidnapping” Hmong girls to take as their bride. Traditionally, when a Hmong girl disappears, the family assumes they will hear from the Hmong family that has taken their daughter within the next 3 days, so they generally do not report that anything is amiss until the traditional three days have passed. At that point, it will have been too late for the girls who had instead been taken by traffickers to be sold to Chinese men.
The Vietnamese government have tried to spread the word among the Hmong community, warning them not to mistake missing girls as brides taken by another Hmong clan, but instead, she may have been taken as a victim of human trafficking. Trafficked Hmong girls is becoming a huge problem in the last few years, and the Vietnamese government is powerless in their abilities to stop it. Poverty and poor awareness levels make Hmong girls prime bait for the traffickers.
Everyday the Hmong men cry and pray for their wives and daughters back. Hmong men never cry, but when asked about the disappearances, they begin to weep.
I'm angry that there are over 1000 missing and murdered indigenous women in my country (Canada). I am angry that my government stalls on doing anything about it. I am angry that many of these women were trafficked, raped, murdered. I am angry that racists try to blame the victims. I am angry that people tell residential school survivors to get over it - and the last one closed less than 20 years ago. I am angry about the poverty, alcoholism, PTSD and shitty conditions my people face daily.