Unformatted text preview: eir lives. The men on the other hand create
demand by wanting to have a companion and a
virtuous wife. Whenever there is a demand for the
brides, there will always be a supply to meet this,
and foreign bride agencies help facilitate the
transaction. General Procedures
Generally there are two main standard
In one, the potential groom will visit the bride
agency and view the profile of the potential brides.
Upon selection of the bride, the groom will then
travel to the potential bride’s homeland and he will
stay there for 5 days to a week. During his stay, he
will spend a few hours interacting with the pool of
brides who he has selected. With that, if he fancies
one of them, he will be allowed to date her for an hour before deciding whether if he is going to marry her.
If he opts to marry her, the marriage date will be set
within the next few days. After which, he will return to
Singapore and his bride will spend the next 30 days
awaiting for her paper work to be processed by the
In the other, the brides are brought to Singapore on
a social visit pass for a duration of a month. During their
stay in Singapore, they will be available for selection in
the agencies. When a potential bridegroom takes a
fancy on a bride, he will be allowed to bring the bride
out on a date for a few hours. After which if he decides
to marry her, he will have to do so within a week. Unethical practices
In a bid to earn higher profits, agencies willingly
compromise their ethical standards. We will address all
these practices through our research and analysis.
Further analysis by our group has led us to discover the
underlying cause of these unethical issues. Some of
these issues are as mentioned by Mr. Janson Ong,
Managing Director of Lifepartner Agency, who identified
eight kinds of unethical practices* that are rampant in
the bride industry. Lifepartner Agency has appeared on
the TV series, Get Real, before and is considered an
ethical company with a good reputation for its policies
The findings are based on agencies namely Mr.
Cupid, Lifepartner Agency, Yuan Fen Bride Agency, C
& V Bride Agency and Vbride Agency. Information was
gathered and the following part of this report addresses
the four main differences of agencies where ethics are
being compromised. They are prices, pre-requisites,
company policies and after marriage services. Pricing In pricing, there is a substantial difference† of about
$7000 between the rates charged by Lifepartner, Mr.
Cupid and Yuan Fen, and those by C & V and Vbride.
According to Mr. Martin‡ there are, in some cases,
mainly three possible unethical reasons behind this
stark price discrepancy in the industry. Firstly, in some
companies, a lower rate is charged to the groom as the
balance has been covered by the bride. After the bride
and the bridegroom have consummated their marriage
in Vietnam, the bride who is left in Vietnam for the 45
days is forced to carry out prostitution acts, which the * Appendix D & F
Appendix J, Slide #22
† 4 bri...
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