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The trend is expected to influence the affected countries for more than 50 years, particularly through a shortage of brides for Chinese and Indian men, according to experts at a conference organised by the UN and Vietnam in Hanoi.
"This skewed population sex ratio reflects a preference for sons, in combination with increasing access to new sex-selection technology" such as ultrasound, the UN Population Fund said in a conference paper.
Sex determination leads many parents to resort to "selective abortions", said French demographer Christophe Guilmoto.
In most countries the sex ratio at birth ranges from 104 to 106 male births for every 100 females, "but its level has gradually increased over the last 25 years in several Asian countries, particularly in China and India", the UN said.
Originally posted by KilrathiLG
reply to post by Ginga
i think its the asian mind set that daughters are married off and start there own branch of the family tree where as over there the males are the ones who take care of the elderly and are responsible for the carrying on of the family name and whatnot not saying i agree with it at all but just trying to put my persepective on it
WASHINGTON—North Korean women who cross the border into China fleeing hunger and repression in their homeland frequently fall victim to human traffickers who sell them to Chinese men in search of wives, a U.S.-based rights group said Thursday, calling on China to stop repatriating the women and grant them legal protection.
Originally posted by Maxmars
I am perpetually at a loss to understand the notion that any society would 'devalue' a person for being born female. The cultures that practice this kind of 'preference' aren't even all patriarchal, which I would have thought would be the case.