"Mail-order Brides": Trafficking for Marriage?


"Mail-Order Brides" is a worldwide phenomenon, which has gained much media coverage. In such cases, there is a distinct financial disparity between "husband" and "wife", and often there is also a significant age gap. Contact is made between women from poverty-ridden countries and men from relatively affluent countries (usually through a broker). Some cases display explicit signs of objectification, such a choosing women from a "catalog".

This phenomenon raises many legal and social challenges. The Israeli Anti-Trafficking law, today, does not include a clause of "human trafficking for marital purposes". In some cases, other criminal offences may be employed (for example, in cases of severe abuse or violence on behalf of the husband).