It appears they’ll do no prison time, but may be fined. Remember, kids — always check the licenses of the people providing your mail-order bride.

Local media in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam, reported on the 11th that two Korean men seeking Vietnamese wives were detained by Vietnamese police.

According to local media, on the 9th Ho Chi Minh City police the 31 Vietnamese were shown to the two Korean men inside a home where an illegal marriage brokerage business was being conducted. Three Vietnamese employees of the business were arrested on charges of abetting an illegal marriage arrangement.

Police also detained the two Korean men while the investigation proceeds.

According to police, one of the two Korean men had a prior experience with marriage arrangement, and the other gave him $1,000 and asked him to help him through the process.

The illegal marriage arrangement business was established last year and until the arrests had done business with ten Korean men, introducing them to women from the impoverished Mekong Delta region.

Businesses for marriage arrangement in Vietnam must register with the authorities an unregistered businesses may have to pay fines of hundreds of thousands of dollars.

My Phan Tan, head of the social crimes department in Ho Chi Minh City, said, “there is no provision in the law for placing these business owners in prison. Under present law they will be detained for one day, fined, and released.”

Recently in Taiwan and Korea there has been a trend towards marriage with Vietnamese women, and according to Korean statistics there are over 20,000 Vietnamese women living in Korea with Korean husbands.

I’m struck by the similarity of a business being paid to create a line-up of women for marriage and a business — a brothel — being paid to create a line-up of women for prostitution.