The lives of women in China have significantly changed throughout reforms in the late Qing Dynasty , the Republican period , the Chinese Civil War , and rise of the People's Republic of China , which had announced publicly on the commitment toward gender equality. Pre-modern Chinese society was predominantly patriarchal and patrilineal from at least the 11th century BC onwards. The status of women was, like that of men, closely tied to the Chinese kinship system. The legal and social status of women has greatly improved in the 20th century, especially in the s after the One-Child Policy and Reform and Opening-up Policy came out. Traditional marriage in prerevolutionary China was a contract between families rather than between two individuals. An arranged marriage was accomplished by a matchmaker who acted as a link between two families.
A CITY where men openly have two or three girlfriends has hit the headlines across the world. The country's press has criticised Dongguan — an industrial powerhouse — where men can have several girlfriends at once — and women don't mind at all. The city — dubbed China's sex capital — in Guangdong province has a population of six million. China has a massive gender imbalance but women are drawn to Dongguan because they are more likely to get work.
Tiantian Zheng explores the intersection between sex work and human trafficking in post-socialist China. This is the first of a three part series. Current statistics showed that China hosted approximately , victims of human trafficking from both internal and international sources.