Cambodian Women Banned From Marrying Poor, Elderly Foreigners

Well, that's one way to cut down on child brides.

In an apparent attempt to crack down on the problem of mail-order faux-marriages, human trafficking, and the country's general unsavory rep as a child-bride hub, the Cambodian government has now made it illegal to marry a foreign man over 50 or who earns under $30,960 a year. Apparently their 2008 ban on all foreign marriages didn't really pan out; given the obvious loopholes this seems unlikely to stamp the practices out, either. But while younger and more affluent men can still shop the web for "Cambodian brides" , this will at least impose a few restrictions. If you happen to fall in love with someone over 50 or of more modest income, well, presumably they can't control marriages that take place outside the country.

Want A Cambodian Wife? Tough Luck If You're Over 50 [Newser]