Yen Duong

Yen Duong

Yen is a contributor to Inkstone. She is a multimedia journalist based in Hanoi.

Sold to China: Vietnam’s 6,000 child brides
It was 8pm on a scorching summer night when Tien, a quiet, timid teenager, left her home in a coastal province of central Vietnam to spend the night at her cousin’s. Or at least, that’s what the 16-year-old had told her family. In fact, she planned to leave the village to escape the pressure on her to get married. Hoping her cousin would help her find a job, she slipped out the door. It was nearly two years before she would return, by then having endured horrors beyond the imagination of most teenagers. The cousin she had trusted, rather than finding her a job, had sold her to a human trafficking broker in China who resold her as a bride. Tien became part of a depressing new statistic: the g