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Matchmakers sued as bride takes off

A MAN who married a young Vietnamese woman after being introduced to her by unlicensed local matchmaking agencies has filed a suit against them and is demanding compensation and a refund of the fees after she left him in two weeks.

The Jiading District People’s Court heard the case yesterday but had yet to give its verdict.

The matchmaking fee and compensation added up to 60,100 yuan (US$9,616).

The man, surnamed Yin, saw an advertisement about Vietnamese bride online and signed a contract with the two defendants on August 14. After paying the agency 38,000 yuan for matchmaking, he contacted the bride via the agency’s Vietnam branch and married her at a ceremony in Vietnam on August 27.

The bride was 34 years younger than Yin.

Yin returned to China with his bride on September 28 but she fled from his residence in Anhui Province just 14 days later.

Yin told the court she was a swindler who had no belongings with her except for a passport. He gave her clothes, jewelry and a cellphone. But she called a friend and hatched plans to escape on October 12.

He had recorded the conversation between the two.

 He caught the woman at a railway station and dragged her to the police station. On their advice he agreed to send her back to Vietnam.

He said besides the 38,000-yuan matchmaking fee, the agencies should pay for all the expenses he incurred in Vietnam. But the agencies said they only took 3,000 yuan from Yin for flight tickets and visa and knew nothing about the other fees he paid to the branch in Vietnam.


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