Trafficking is only one consequence. The consequence is that in those countries combined—which together have a population of about 2. We are learning right now what happens when the sex ratio becomes wildly out of whack, through a huge unintended experiment. There were too many women—supposedly—and not enough men, and women were the losers. In the 80s and 90s, Newsweek Magazine delivered US women the cheery news that they were more likely to be killed by a terrorist than to find a husband after age
You Should Be Worrying about the Woman Shortage
The consequence is that in those countries combined—which together have a population of about 2.
The common thread is gender discrimination—from garden-variety sexism to practical concerns about sons being more likely to financially support parents in old age and provide grandchildren, while daughters are expected to live with their in-laws—which is hardly unique to China and India. And, of course, staying single was a horrible fate. They should carefully examine the consequences of the woman shortage, including links to trafficking and other forms of violence against women.