Police in the Philippines busted a large mail-order bride ring, releasing 29 women and arresting four local men and two South Koreans. Police received a tip from a victim and raided a house near Manila, finding girls as young as 16 being kept as brides. The women were promised a marriage to a wealthy South Korean man, with the money going to their families, but often ended up in abusive relationships with the ringleaders taking in all the profit, officials say. Poverty has forced many women to seek work abroad or find a foreign husband; an estimated 10,000 Filipino women are married to South Koreans.
Philippine officials found victims as young as 16.