According to a survey published recently, the number of newborn males in China is much higher than females. In less than a decade men will outnumber women by about 24 million.
Researchers claim that one of the reasons is the fact that the Chinese prefer their children to be male, with many contemplating abortion if their child is female. With the usage of ultrasound scans becoming widespread and parents able to determine the baby’s sex at a younger gestational age, the tendency to abort female foetuses has become more common.
Specialists are worried about men in poorer areas who often can’t find a female partner. The chances for males to get married decrease if they are over 40, rely on smaller incomes and live far from a big city. In the future, it seems likely that inter-generational marriage will happen more and more often as younger men seek older women as brides. Statistics show that for every 119 men there are only 100 women, though data may be skewed as families do not always register their first-born if the baby is female, meaning that they face less problems when having a second child.
The problem is worsened by couples who choose to keep their family small. Many young couples are content with only one child, even if not under the restrictions of the One Child Policy which affects almost 36% of China’s population, or choose to have no children at all.
This imbalance, experts warn, has led to huge increases in forced prostitution and human trafficking, which is described as “rampant” in some parts of the country.