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Philippines busts Korean mail-order-bride ring

By Associated Press

LAST UPDATED: 07:57 a.m. HST, Jun 28, 2013

MANILA » Philippine authorities have rescued 29 women after busting a mail-order bride business and arresting two South Koreans and their four local partners, a police official said Thursday.

Police raided a house Wednesday in Bacoor city near Manila used by the syndicate and found the women, including a 16-year-old girl, said Chief Superintendent Reginald Villasanta, executive director of the Presidential Anti-Organized Crime Commission.

The syndicate collects thousands of dollars in fees from Korean men seeking Filipino wives, telling them falsely that the money will go to the women's families, Villasanta said.

Villasanta says the women are promised a prosperous life in South Korea but often end up abused or in unhappy marriages.

"We have rescued 29 (Filipino women) who were duped into promises of an instant wealthy life thru marriage with Korean gentlemen although in most cases, they ended up in the losing end after becoming victims of grave abuses," Villasanta said.

He said there are an estimated 10,000 Filipino women married to South Koreans.

Poverty and the lack of employment have forced millions of Filipinos to find work abroad and some to seek marriage with foreigners, most with hopes of a better life and being able to support their families back home.

The Philippine embassy in Seoul has reported receiving many complaints from Filipino women abused by their Korean husbands and whose marriages have ended in abandonment or divorce.

It said that the women, who were given false information about their husbands' family backgrounds, were wed through illegal "marriage brokers" in the Philippines, the embassy said in a statement.

Villasanta said the police were tipped off by victims. He did not give details of the police operation.

He said the suspects will be charged with violating the human trafficking law, which carries a 20-year prison term, and another law that prohibits mail-order brides, punishable by six years in prison.

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allie wrote:
on June 28,2013 | 08:03AM
simple wrote:
The parents of these young women don't appear to be too smart to allow them to be essentially "sold off"
on June 28,2013 | 12:36PM
mikethenovice wrote:
Filipino women makes for a loyal wife.
on June 28,2013 | 08:13AM
cojef wrote:
Also very prolific, if you want that.
on June 28,2013 | 08:30AM
loquaciousone wrote:
The nerve of those Koreans trying to horn in on Phillipines mail order business.
on June 28,2013 | 08:30AM
pcman wrote:
IRT loquacious on horning in. It's not the Koreans fault they were "sold" illegal women. They may be desperate but to me Korean women are not the best looking in the world. The Filipino women are better looking and better lovers, I suspect to the Koreans who partook in the deals. The Korean s you see on the K-dramas mostly half-other races, mostly Caucasian. "Hapa" people are discriminated against in Korea, believe it or not, and they tend to go into the entertainment and sports fields. Korea, if you check it out, have one of the most orphanages in the world. Most of the children are of "hapa" descent, many of whom are deserted by foreign fathers, including American GIs. Well, we have at least 20,000 single or geographically separated men there in the US military. Many get "married" and don't return. Many don't know they had kids. Many have kids and want to get married, but have to leave and when and if they return cannot find their lovers. Etc. If they do not get into the entertainment business, they become prostitutes, unfortunately. But I digress.
on June 28,2013 | 02:52PM
Morimoto wrote:
Those Koreans must be desperate already.
on June 28,2013 | 09:57AM
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