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Hanoi police raid SKorean marriage ring

Vietnamese police have broken up a wedding brokerage in the third such raid in recent weeks as 66 young women were being paraded before two South Korean men seeking wives, police said on Tuesday.

Commercial matchmaking operations, although illegal, have become popular here for some Korean bachelors searching for brides, stirring anger for humiliating the women and leaving some vulnerable to isolation and abuse.

Ho Chi Minh City police on Monday detained a 46-year-old woman and a man aged 42, both Vietnamese, for organising the event in a private house in the form of a "fashion show," said the Thanh Nien (Young People) newspaper.

A police officer confirmed the raid and said an investigation was underway.

Ha Thi Khiet, who chairs the Vietnam Women's Union, has travelled to Seoul this week to discuss how to tackle the growing trend of Korean men taking "marriages tours" to Vietnam, Yonhap news agency has reported.

Vietnam has recently become a popular destination for bachelors from South Korea and elsewhere searching for wives, often on week-long trips that include medical checkups, visa procedures and speedy honeymoons.

The international marriage market has been fuelled by a preference for sons in parts of Asia, exacerbated by sex-screening technology for pregnant women, with has left proportionally more bachelors fighting over fewer women.

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