So out of curiosity I decided to google the mail order bride industry and discovered 32, 900 results. At this rate it could take weeks  to wade through all the information available.

There are articles with headlines such as ” Beware” that document the shady side of the industry where ingenious and nefarious cons are visited upon wealthy but lonely men.

There are articles that scream “Exploitation” and warn women about the dangers and pitfalls of participating in such schemes. These articles document the mental and psychological abuse meted out to unsuspecting women who often do not know their rights and/or have little knowledge of where to seek help in their new countries.

The issue of human trafficking raises its ugly head in many articles.

Whether it is the case of the lonely gent seeking love and companionship or of a woman seeking the love of a good man, these desires that drive people to the internet to get their needs met can and have led to the ultimate price – their lives.

The murder and subsequent publicty of mail order bride, Anastasia King,in September, 2000 prompted the American government to draft a bill that would allow women to check criminal records of any prospective groom.

The issue is not simple, nor is it cut and dried. The dating game is big business and in this age of ever changing technology that is spreading around the globe it will doubtlessly continue to grow.

Issues will no doubt continue to grow along with it.

In North America, reality shows such as “The Bachelorette” continue to enjoy ratings good enough to allow for more seasons of the program. Companies such as “e-Harmony” continue to offer people the possibility of finding the perfect partner.

So what’s your take on all this? What do you know about internet love affairs? Do you think it’s a good thing?

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5 thoughts on “Mail order brides, the new face of nuptials

    1. Hi Frank
      I have always been interested in human rights. I think that today, more than at any time in history, we have so many opportunities to become aware of the issues facing people near and far and I think we all have a responsibility to one another and to ourselves to become aware and to do our best to play a part in correcting injustices, whether that means signing a petition, making a monetary donation or giving our time to one of the many worthwhile organizations working for social justice.

      A phrase that has resonated with me from one of your early lectures in the first term of our first year concerning the responsibility of journalists: ” to be a voice for the voiceless”.

      Perhaps it is presumptuous of me, but I am hoping to be that voice one day; to make a real difference in this world, even if that is in a very small way.

      I think the saddest part of choosing this particular topic is that there is no shortage of topics to write about locally, nationally and internationally. I just hope I can do the subject some justice.

      Thank you for your kind words,

      Carol

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  1. The phrase “being a voice for the voiceless” is a bit controversial. Certainly, Nellie Bly had to be a voice for the voiceless. But the public discourse has changed since then to helping people have their voices heard. There is a distinction. Sometimes regarding yourself as a voice for the voiceless can be condescending. I think there is still a place for being a voice for the voiceless but we have to wary of acting superior or presuming, for example, that I as an affluent white male Canadian can BE a voice for the voiceless. What we want to try to do, whenever we can, is to provide opportunities for people to have their voices heard.

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