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Police crack down on bride brokers

Police said yesterday they are launching a month-long crackdown on illegal international marriage brokers in the country following the killing of a Vietnamese woman by her mentally-ill Korean husband.

The nationwide clampdown will start on Monday, mainly targeting unregistered matchmaking firms and brokers who provide foreign woman seeking to marry Koreans with falsified marriage and medical records, according to the National Policy Agency.

Earlier this month, a 20-year-old Vietnamese woman was killed by her 47-year-old husband only eight days after she arrived in Korea, prompting the government to seek ways to better protect foreign wives.

The man was found to have been treated 57 times for mental illness since 2005. After stabbing his wife, he turned himself into authorities, confessing that he heard a “ghost’s voice” telling him to kill the woman.

Police are investigating whether the matchmaking agency that brokered their meeting provided the Vietnamese woman with adequate information about her future husband.

More than 40,000 Vietnamese women have migrated to Korea after marrying. Most of their weddings were arranged by brokers.

Meanwhile, the parents of the slain woman met with a group of Korean delegates attending the funeral of their daughter in her hometown, and asked them to punish the accused husband. The 10-strong delegation was led by Rep. Han Sun-kyo of the ruling Grand National Party. “This case shocked the Korean government, the National Assembly and the entire nation. We will spare no efforts to prevent the recurrence of such an incident,” Han told the parents.

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