An average of 100,000 Vietnamese women married foreigners each year between 2008 and 2010, according to statistics released at a conference November 19.
The event, the first of its kind in Vietnam, was attended by 200 Vietnamese women who returned home from marriages in other countries.
Dang The Hung, deputy chairman of the State Committee for Overseas Vietnamese, said the number of women with foreign husbands increases every year.
He said most of the marriages between Vietnamese women and foreigners were arranged by brokers, and most of these marriages were for commercial purposes.
"Many Vietnamese brides have low educational levels, so they usually have to depend on their husband and some of them have been mistreated by their husbands or their husbands' families," he added.
He said criminal gangs often arranged fake marriages after which Vietnamese women were sent illegally to Taiwan or South Korea for illegal work.
Statistics from the Korean Institute of Social and Health Affairs showed that 7,636 Vietnamese women married Korean men in 2011, topping the list of foreign brides. Vietnamese wives shared the top position with their Chinese counterparts in 2010 at 9,623.
Many of the Vietnamese brides were driven by poverty to enter agreements with marriage brokers to wed older South Korean men who were unable to find wives at home.
Several suspicious deaths of a number Vietnamese women who married South Korean and Taiwanese men have been reported by the Vietnamese media over the last few years.
In the latest case, Pham Thi Truc, 31, from the Mekong Delta province of Hau Giang, allegedly hanged herself in Busan, South Korea, on April 25.
Marriage brokers arranged for Truc to marry Jeong Dong Sedk at a mass wedding ceremony in 2006 in Ho Chi Minh City, where she had been working for a shoe company since 2004.
The autopsy conducted by Korean authorities suggested Truc had committed suicide, but her family questioned the conclusion.
On January 16, Nguyen Thi Diem Trinh, 23, from Can Tho City in the Mekong Delta, hanged herself in Gumi, eastern Korea, because of conflicts with her Korean mother-in-law.
Another 27-year-old woman from Hau Giang killed herself and her two children last November, jumping from the 18th floor of a Busan building while holding her son and daughter. The husband had recently lost all family's money and had treated her violently.
In May of last year, news website VnExpress reported that a South Korean farmer beat his Vietnamese wife to death in front of their 19-day-old child.
Another Vietnamese woman was killed by her Korean husband one week after marrying him in 2010, while another jumped to her death in 2008 after enduring continual abuse at the hands of her Korean husband and his mother.
A Vietnamese woman also died after her Taiwanese husband slit her throat in their home in Taipei, Taiwan, on March 1 this year.
Huang Donghe, 52, has been arrested for the killing of Ninh Le Phung, 42, whom he had married 16 years ago through a marriage brokerage in Vietnam.
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