Want a Cambodian Wife? Tough Luck if You're Over 50

You better make more than $31K a year, too
By Kate Seamons,  Newser Staff
Posted Mar 22, 2011 11:16 AM CDT
To marry Miss Cambodia, you have to be under age 50.   (Getty Images)

(Newser) – If you're an American looking for a wife and happen to be, well, broke and old, there's no point in looking in Cambodia. Under Cambodian law, it's now illegal for the country's women to marry foreigners who are age 50 and up, or who make less than $30,960 a year. Officials say the intention is to stamp out "fake marriages and human trafficking." There is one loophole: Said couples can bypass the law by getting married outside the country. Over-50 foreign women are free to snag a young Cambodian hubby, adds the AFP.

Writing for Global Post, Patrick Winn notes that Cambodia has made attempts to diminish its reputation as a hub for child brides before; in 2008, authorities briefly banned all foreign marriages. (Read more Cambodia stories.)

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