Pinoy mail-order grooms on the rise; abuse victims likely to have a harder time in court than females

Filipina brides no longer have a monopoly in the mail-order spouse business: Pinoy mail-order grooms are on the rise, reports the PhilStar.com, which reports that the Commission on Filipinos Overseas (CFO) data "showed some 400,000 Filipinos had married foreign nationals since 1989, most of them to Americans, Japanese and Australians."

However, CFO Chief Emigrant Service Officer Golda Myra Roma said they "have been getting two to three of (abuse) cases a month and a majority of the complainants were women, but there were also male complainants from time to time."

Roma added that the law against the mail order spouse scheme needs to be amended. According to the CFO, Filipino men entering brokered marriages are most likely to have a harder time pursuing abuse complaints in court since "the existing Anti Mail Order Bride Law only covers female victims," and that male victims can only prosecute under the Anti-Human Trafficking Law.

CFO has been providing counseling for Filipinos who are marrying foreigners to lessen the cases of brokered marriages, the report said. CFO Chair Imelda Nicolas told PhilStar.com that they will be "launching a massive campaign" to protect Filipinos from abuse in brokered marriages. CFO has come up with a series of activities this December to observe the Overseas Filipinos Month and the International Migrants Day.

 

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