Bride selling is still prevalent in poorer areas of rural China and more must be done to stop the practice, according to a women's organization quoted in today's official China Daily.

The All-China Women's Federation said the selling of young women as brides, common in pre-communist China, still takes place in inland provinces such as Anhui, Sichuan and Yunnan where economies are less developed and education levels are lower, the China Daily reported.It said some farmers have given up their land to go into the business of abducting and selling brides. Some have lured women away from villages with the promise of jobs.

In one county of coastal Shandong province, more than 3,200 women have been sold in the past few years.