Thai women learn to deal with mixed marriages




Thailand is offering a free course to help Thai women cope with the highs and lows of interracial marriage and avoid potential scams or falling victim to human trafficking when moving abroad.

As Thai society becomes more accepting of interracial marriages, some women view them as a way to better their economic status, the social development ministry says.

“Our course will teach women how to conduct themselves, about the laws of their destination country, and how to prepare before going,” said senior ministry official Patcharee Arayakul.

“This is to reduce the risks of women being scammed or being a victim of human trafficking,” added Patcharee, who is the director of the ministry’s division of gender equality.

Although there are no recent data on such marriages, a 2004 government study showed more than 15,000 women from one of the poorest regions, northeastern Isan, had married foreign men, and sent a monthly total of 122 million baht (US$3.7 million) to their families.

The course covers “legal rights, how to seek help through relevant Thai authorities, as well as exploring issues of culture shock,” said Dusadee Ayuwat, an associate professor at Khon Kaen University.
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