In this modern day and age, marriage still exists, but it varies from individual to individual. It is quite obvious different cultures have varying views of the institution of marriage. This is evident as the mail order industry is thriving and increasingly spread allover continents of the world like a world fire. This industry has been effectively designed to entice the female gender. Women from all walks of life in the Global South and North audition for an opportunity to become a mail order bride in order to raise up in the social ladder as wives to wealthy and middle class European and American earners.
Significantly, these women usually move from their homelands for greener pastures to live a better life while abroad. This is closely linked to forced migration and globalization. ( Marfleet, 2006), stresses that, “crises are caused by various events, and poverty is commonly one of them”. Therefore development and other underlying features are impelled by development and technology. The collapse of basic survival system and the weakening of social and political structures proves a desperate measure and reason for women especially to become mail order brides and migrate to better countries.
Society hugely despises the mail order bride industry because it has created more harm than good. Clearly, this is capitalism at its highest because being a mail order bride is as good as selling your own body to earn or afford a living. ( Harvey 2007 ) argues that, “Basic security is the essence of real freedom.” Therefore, people in society should have the autonomy to develop themselves within their community. In reality, mail order brides tend to come from developing countries like colombia, Russia, Ukraine, China, Thailand, and Philippines where physical beauty is viewed as a commodity and a way out of a life stricken with poverty.
The reality of this problem is mythical because it stirs up debates; Mail order brides milk the economy in various ways; Most Britons believe that once mail order brides get in the country, they claim benefits and secure social housing.The conditions of capitalism are dysfunctional because they play a very big role in capitalism. therefore, poverty and inequality generate the contradictions within capitalism in general. (Howard 1972)
In the last three decades, people living within poverty regions has changed and a report by the world Bank confirms that,” the absolute number of people of people living in poverty in 2005 wet up in many countries in Sub-Saharan Africa, Latin America, the Middle East and North Africa. 57% of the world’s poor people lived in Asia and the Pacific in 1981, this population alone was only home to 21% of the Global poor in 2010. However, the world’s poor population increased in south Asia from 21% in 1981 to 42% in 2010. The Sub-Saharan African population also doubled from 11% to 34% between 1981 and 2010. The only way to prove capitalism is linked with poverty is by matching up the statistics as per the world bank record. (2008 International Labour Organization )
Therefore, Britons need to start to understand why mail order brides risk to leave their countries because death has paused as a disadvantage to other women who hope to become mail order brides unlike high divorce rates. Since Capitalism is immortal, the mail order bride industry will be existent for the next four decades by estimation and poverty rates will be higher too in Asia since it has one of the most highest poor population.
David Harvey (2007) A Brief History of Neoliberalism (Oxford University Press) Chapter 1.
Howard M. Wachtel The American Economic Review. Vol 62 ( 13th November 2014) pp 187 Published by: American Economic Assosiation; URL;http\\www.jstor.org/stable1821542
International Labour Organization ( 2008) Global Wage Report 2008/09 Minimum Wages and Collective Bargaining. Towards Coherence Policy;
Marfleet, P (2006) Refugees in a Global Era: Basingstoke, Hampshire, Palgrave Macmillan Press.
By Clare Susan Senabulya