To Honor and Obey: Trafficking in 'Mail-Order Brides'
Posted: 13 Jun 2018
Date Written: June 1, 2002
The "mail-order bride" industry has become more popular and more visible with globalization and the ubiquity of the Internet. This article explores historical aspects of arranged marriage and forced prostitution in the U.S., and modern-day connections between international marriage brokers and traffickers in women and girls. U.S. immigration law and the Trafficking Victims Protection Act provide some protections for trafficked women, but for those who met spouses through a marriage broker, abuse - even including forced prostitution - is more likely to be seen as domestic violence than as a form of trafficking in women.
Keywords: mail-order bride, trafficking in women and girls
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