= After the counseling, the CFO issues certificate and registration stickers to the applicant before they leave the country.
The counseling program proved to be an effective tool in identifying Filipino women who are mail-order brides.
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.
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.
In the counseling, Filipinas are required to talk to the counselor and fill in a form in which they are required to state how they met their husbands.
Newspaper reports and embassy communiqués have documented that many young Filipino mailorder and Internet brides are held captive, raped, divorced, and then pressed into prostitution.” |~| Many single rural men in Japan have chosen wives from picture from catalogs of poor women in the Philippines, Thailand, Korea, Sri Lanka, Indonesia, China and even Brazil and Peru.
The client is introduced to different women during a party and the couples can interact socially. These women are admitted to the United States on a fiancée’s visa.
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. Hicap, Korea Times, 2009] Maria Regina Angela Galias, head of the Migrant Integration and Education Division of the Commission on Filipinos Overseas (CFO), told the Korea Times that lately, South Korea and Japan have become the top destinations of Filipina mail-order brides.
Filipino women who get married under the mail-order bride scheme are usually between 18 and 25 years old and want to help their families in the Philippines.
The scheme was outlawed in the Philippines with the passing of Republic Act 6955, or the Anti-Mail-Order-Bride Law in 1990, which banned the practice of matching Filipino women for marriage to foreign nationals on a mail order basis and other similar practices, including the advertisement, publication, printing or distribution of brochures, fliers and other propaganda materials.
However, illegal marriage brokers continue to operate underground in the Philippines and victimize innocent Filipino women. Hicap, Korea Times, 2009 = ] “The Philippine government regulates the marriage between Filipinos and foreigners by requiring Filipinos to attend counseling.