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Kohon Ja, a Myanmar woman, applies “thanaka,” a traditional cosmetic paste made from finely ground bark, to her face at her home. She was forced to marry a Chinese man. (Photo by Rie Ishii)
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In pictures: Myanmar women trafficked as brides in China

Casting shadow on Belt and Road, victims share their ordeals

RIE ISHII, Nikkei staff photographer | Myanmar, Cambodia, Laos

MYITKYINA, Myanmar -- Under sustained criticism from the international community for the "ethnic cleansing" of its Rohingya Muslim minority, Myanmar has also harbored another serious humanitarian issue for years -- "bride trafficking."

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