Vietnam to run bride agency…oh HELL NO!

Posted in API, culture, FAIL., politics, social issues, Vietnam, wtf by nam on January 15, 2009

(thanks JFQ)

http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/asia-pacific/7817818.stm

Vietnam says it is planning to set up an official matchmaking agency to arrange marriages between Vietnamese women and foreign men.

The authorities say they want to regulate the sector, which they say is currently run by illegal groups.

Police have targeted events in recent years where dozens of women from poor backgrounds, seeking a better life, are paraded before potential suitors.

The men are often on short “marriage holidays” from South Korea and Taiwan.

Correspondents say that overseas marriage is seen by some women in Vietnam as a route out of poverty and the practice is widespread in some rural areas.

But many women fall foul of unscrupulous brokers and are sold into prostitution, while others are forced into marriages they do not want.

Vietnamese officials have now been told to make plans for a state-controlled matchmaking firm based in Ho Chi Minh City.

The government says it hopes the plan will help prevent the abuse of Vietnamese women by criminal organizations, or by their new husbands.

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This is just wrong on so many levels. This wont help prevent abuse at all, nor does it solve poverty/economic issues anywhere.

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  1. neyugnnart said, on January 20, 2009 at 4:08 am

    wtttfff. if anything, its making everything worse. waste of time.

  2. My said, on February 26, 2009 at 7:55 am

    Nam, I’m wondering…have you written anything about human trafficking?…the trafficking of women and children in vietnam?…care to write something and share with all of us?…i think it’s super awesome that you also use this blog to raise awareness regarding social problems in vietnam…kudos to you..

  3. nam said, on February 26, 2009 at 10:50 pm

    i have addressed the issue of human trafficking in one of my songs. “Sing Along” in the third verse, to be exact. Thank you for all your support. I will definitely keep addressing these issues in some way, shape or form. =)

  4. […] post something about human rights in Vietnam last month? I’m pretty sure i did…oh yeah, HERE. I’m pretty sure that will be swept under the rug. […]


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