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The growing number of abused and distressed foreign brides in South Korea has led the government to earmark $23 million to create some order within the marriage broker business. Many foreign brides are found in poorer Asian countries like Vietnam, China, and the Philippines and are brought to South Korean men seeking wives through marriage broker companies (for a cool sum of $15,000). Some of these companies encourage the men to lie about their status and wealth and are often married to the foreign women within a few days of meeting them. The result? Foreign wives who are abused by their husbands over cultural and language barriers and women who get pissed when they realize their wealthy restaurant-owner husband is actually a waiter. [Reuters]

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