There are stories of crimes all over the aftermaths of an international match making. There are stories of domestic violence, rape, abandonment, unlawful stay, partner violence and many more. Surprisingly, these crimes are mostly committed by the Western men against non-western women mostly Asians. The poor inspiring often very young brides who have limited knowledge of their rights fall pray to such sex greedy men who then take full advantage of the weak position of these women. Once immigrated the women are at the mercy of their spouse who often turn out to be the meanest son-of-a-bitch alive on earth. They beat their wives, threaten them and rape them keeping a knife on their throats and then push them out naked into the streets.
On the very basics of these international match-making organizations are the arguments that show marriages as Universal Declaration of Human rights, written by H.G. Wells and adopted in the United Nations Charter:
• ARTICLE 16 (1) Men and women of full age, without any limitation due to race, nationality, or religion, have the right to marry and to found a family. They are entitled to equal rights as to marriage, during marriage and at its dissolution.
This was foretold by Paul in I Timothy 4:1-3:
1. Now the Spirit speaketh expressly, that in the latter times some shall depart from the faith, giving heed to seducing spirits, and doctrines of devils;
2. Speaking lies in hypocrisy; having their conscience seared with a hot iron;
3. Forbidding to marry, and commanding to abstain from meats, which God hath created to be received with thanksgiving of them which believe and know the truth.
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The inhuman sides of these bride order sites are many. As Manalo (1996) states that women are offered on these match making sites as objects destined to be consumed, exchanged, bought and sold. Customers/users can select a wife from a series of on-screen listings and photos of hundreds of women including Columbians, Filipinas, and Russians-mostly women hailing from the so-called Third World underdeveloped countries. The product i.e. the bride is represented by the product code, the bride code or the file number. This is against the ethics and privileges of a woman.
But on the other side of the smiling face of such organizations are the harsh realities and facts of victimizations and crimes. The often seemingly good intentions turn out to be the nightmare of a lifetime for the poor brides. Ever wonder why are men not advertised. Perhaps because this way they would come out in the open which they are coward enough to do. This would also put American and other western men in the limelight and later they may be more easily prosecuted. The friendly, sympathetic face of such organizations conceals a misogynist attitude. Most mail-order brides come from “underdeveloped” countries and in conducting their businesses these bride order organizations re-articulate an Orientalist perspective. In other words, mail-order bride organizations constitute the embodiment of a surviving practice of (neo)colonial racialist and sexual oppression: the colonization of the female “Oriental” body. Their advertisements are exploitative in nature against the human rights of women calling them a traded commodity
Women trade has changed its form but has remained in this world since centuries and ancient times. One can still recall the slave markets of Arab and Africa and other places where naked girls used to be and still in some parts are traded for a price either in kind or in cash. Their prices are set by their weight, age, freshness of their flesh, the size of their breasts and legs and their native origins and other specifications customized according to the type of the buyer. The same is the case now but it is just that they are now traded on the Web pages.
One of the grave crimes committed by the mail-order bride agencies is their perpetuation of Orientalist stereotypes that represent Third World women as docile and compliant “creatures.” To name them ‘creatures’ looks like out of some other National Geographic documentary. The main argument despite the Article 16 (1) by the agencies is that they help the poor women of the underdeveloped countries in finding out the right mate for them. They further argue that for a woman past her mid-thirties, finding a husband is nearly impossible, while its easy for a man in his forties or fifties to find and marry a beautiful woman.
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