No More “Me Love You Long Time” As Vietnam Bans The Practice Of Mail Order Vietnamese Brides
Vietnam is banning the practice of exporting its women as brides. According to Lianhe Wanbao, more than 100,000 women have been exported this way in the past ten years to countries like Singapore, Taiwan, Malaysia and South Korea.
As a result of the large number of women leaving the country, Vietnamese men are now finding it hard to find wives. In a bid to reverse the trend, the Vietnamese government has enacted new laws to ban local and overseas matchmaking agencies from arranging overseas marriages for the local women.
Those found arranging such marriages may face 8 to 20 years of jail. However, local matchmaking agencies do not appear too worried.
Mr Zhuo Xin Cheng, the owner of a local matchmaking agency, told Lianhe Wanbao reporters that he is not surprised by the decision. He said, “The Vietnamese government has long noticed that the local woman have been leaving to get married overseas.” He explained that matchmakers can often find new ways to circumvent the rules, despite the Vietnamese government’s efforts.
Vietnamese women in poor rural areas typically face two choices to get out of poverty – they can either leave home to work in the city, or marry overseas. Of the two, it can be quicker and more effective to marry overseas, but there is a luck factor involved. The lucky ones may find a good husband quickly while the unlucky ones may never find a match.
These women may end up without a husband and may even be forced to sell their bodies to pay the cost of the air ticket and to support themselves. Most current Vietnamese brides already go through legal loopholes to marry overseas. Agents will set up the women as tourists to meet their prospective husbands in foreign countries.
As tourists, the Vietnamese government mandates that the women must carry with them at least US$500 (about S$630) when they leave the country. But this measure has proven ineffective. An informer told Lianhe Wanbao, “This sum is often covered by the overseas matchmaking agency.” After the match is made, the women will return to Vietnam and wait for their future husbands to apply for a ‘Singles Pass’ which will allow them to leave the country and get married.
No more 5 Dollar Sucky Sucky I guess. No more Vietnamese mail order brides. Personally, I didn’t think they was a huge market for Vietnamese mail order brides these days. Sure, back in the days of the Vietnam “war”, lots of American military men came home with new Vietnamese wives, but that’s only because they were over there so long. Personally, I’ll take a Russian mail order bride over any other mail order bride every day of the week and twice on Sunday, take a look: (photos courtesy of TheChive.com)
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