Galias said that in the recent conversations they had with those involved, many revealed the questionable means used as to how they met their foreign husbands.
The issue of mail-order brides has been a contentious issue in the Philippines for years. Companies also advertise “mail order brides” in different magazines and specialty journals.Of the 105,308 Filipinos in Japan in 1999, 89,645 of them were women and half of themm were married to Japanese. See International Marriages in Japan These days many Korean men seek Filipina wives (See Below).At that time about 300 to 350 Filipinas entered Japan each month. A number of Australians and Europeans have also married women from the Philippines.Under Philippine law, Filipino women who are going overseas as fiancees and spouses of foreign nationals are required to attend the CFO's guidance and counseling program to help them make informed decisions regarding their marriage to foreign nationals and to prepare them for their adjustments in cross-cultural marriages.Attending the program is a pre-requisite for the issuance of a passport. Poverty and the lack of employment in the Philippines 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. Hicap wrote in the Korea Times, In May 2009, “Hollywood actor Alec Baldwin found himself the target of criticism in the Philippines when he quipped on the Late Night Show with David Letterman about letting a Filipina mail order bride in order to expand his family and have more kids.His comments sparked outrage, with one Filipino senator threatening to beat him up if he sets foot in the country.Yearly, thousands of Filipino women who seek a better life are getting into brokered marriages arranged through matchmaking but many end up as victims of domestic violence and abuse. There are currently about 100 companies competing to lure mail-order bride customers, such as “Cherry Blossoms,” “Asian Rose,” and “Exotic Girls.” The service charge can range from a basic 0 to upwards of ,500.For 0, the bridegroom-to-be will receive a brief biographical sketch and a photo or video of the woman.Thousands of Filipina mail order brides have also found their way to the United States.Philippine brides have been the victim of murder in the United States.Filipinas once dominated the American mail order bride business.Since the collapse of the Soviet Union, the business has been taken over by women from Russian and the former eastern bloc. Hicap wrote in the Korea Times, In May 2009, “Hollywood actor Alec Baldwin found himself the target of criticism in the Philippines when he quipped on the Late Night Show with David Letterman about letting a Filipina mail order bride in order to expand his family and have more kids.He can correspond with her in letters or even phone calls.