Extra! Korea

March 19, 2010

Cambodians banned from marrying Koreans (and only Koreans)

Filed under: gender equality, multicultural society — extrakorea @ 11:14 am

The Cambodian government has at least for the time being, banned its citizens from marrying Koreans, and only Koreans. Why?

The restriction pertains only to Korea because nearly 60 percent of international marriages in Cambodia involve Korean nationals, and most of them are arranged through brokers, the official said.

Cambodia has banned marriage brokerage since 2008, allowing only “love matches.” Despite the ban, the number of Cambodian women marrying Korean men more than doubled from 551 in 2008 to 1,372 last year.

The latest measure came amid news reports in the Southeast Asian nation that a clampdown on marriage brokers in Vietnam has made neighboring Cambodia the new destination for Korean men seeking to “buy” wives. They denounced the practice of men choosing mainly poor women as wives, calling it “human trafficking.”

So if Vietnam, and now Cambodia, have clamped down on marriages with Koreans, where will unmarriageable Korean bachelors find their brides? Perhaps the Philippines. Maybe Thailand?

1 Comment »

  1. Huh! I am hoping that the new administration will put a crackdown on “mail-order bride” thing in our country Philippines. I don’t want to see my fellow filipinas being matched to those misogynist yellow monkey who throw “non-koreans” outside the house after they f*** ’em

    Comment by roxyisferox — May 15, 2010 @ 6:26 am

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