Taiwan Bans 'Mail-Order Brides' Marriage Brokering
The Taiwan immigration agency announced Saturday, August 1, 2009, that it has banned international marriage brokering, a dubious business that gave rise to the term "mail-order brides" in which men pay a fee to be partnered with Chinese or Southeast Asian women in quick marriages, many of whom come from poor families and seek economic opportunity in Taiwan.
There are currently 254 marriage brokers in Taiwan, some of whom have charged thousands of dollars for their services. Brokers were told by the agency that they must now end all overseas business. However, international marriages are still to be brokered by "government-approved non-profits".
The move is an attempt by Taiwan to improve its image. According to Lin Chen-chih, section chief in the Taiwan National Immigration Agency, marriage is not a suitable area in which to build a business.
'Marriage doesn't fit a business model,' said Lin Chen-chih, a section chief under the Taiwan National Immigration Agency.
'What has happened ends up causing social disorder.'
According to local Taiwanese media, almost 700,000 spouses, most of whom were women, entered Taiwan from abroad within the first half of 2009. Many such "brides" have been found working illegally, leading to questions regarding the authenticity and legitimacy of their marriages.
Most Recommended Comment
Saskatoon, Saskatoon, Canada