Tuesday, September 4, 2007

PhiliPpines: Senate Chief Calls for Probe into Mail-Order Bride Racket

MANILA, PHILIPPINES -- About half-a-million Filipino women leave as mail-order brides every year, making them vulnerable as soon as they arrive abroad to meet their online husbands for the first time, Senate President Manuel Villar observed.

"There is a need to investigate a report which said that 300,000 to 500,000 Filipinas leave the country every year as mail-order brides," said Villar moving a resolution asking the Senate committee on youth, women, and family relations to conduct an inquiry into the condition of such women.

"We have to look into violations of the law by those recruiting mail-order brides from the Philippines," said Villar.

Villar came out with a long list of websites which, he said, were operated by underground syndicates to lure and recruit mail-order brides from the country. "Several internet sites openly market Filipino women as mail-order brides.

"For example, one website has been luring Filipinas to write letters of introduction to men in the United States and Europe who are looking for girl friends and wives. The website charges $5 (Dh18.37) per transaction," said Villar...


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