China's One Child Policy


China’s One Child Policy was an attempt by the central government to stem the effects of its rapidly aging population and inject young workers into the workforce. When China made this policy law in 1979, its intent was to curb the growth of its population, which was getting too large for the government to feed and control. But the biggest consequence of such a sweeping law, a dwindling workforce, is now working against their booming economy, which is showing signs of weakness.

But the aftermath of the One Child Policy is far more than a dwindling workforce. It is one of suffering. Its legacy has reached into the wombs of expectant mothers who have been forced to have abortions. The One Child Policy has sparked one of the worst trafficking crises in the modern world as refugees, many from North Korea, are taken by force to be married to Chinese men who cannot find wives.

China has since changed its One Child Policy to allow families to have two children.

The only way for some Chinese men to find wives is through human trafficking. Unfortunately, it is the men with the least stability and financial prospects who have to turn to the open market for a wife. Many of the women in our network are married to men with a physical or mental impairment.