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A Foreign Husband in Cambodia
There is bad news for the prospective foreign husband in Cambodia. The Cambodian government have set an age limit on love. If you a a foreign man and you are aged over fifty then you cannot marry a Cambodian woman. All over the world people fall in love every day. There is no magic formula it is a matter of hormones, mutual attraction, shared hopes and dreams and that aching feeling that you get inside. Love knows no boundaries. Love leaps over the barriers of race, religion, colour, class and age. Love is love and there is no-one anywhere who can put a stop to old young love or young old love.
Cambodia though has decide that they can. Over fifty? You cannot fall in love with a Cambodian woman. The trouble is that Cambodian women are beautiful and such an ill thought out law is going to break many hearts.
Old Young Love
The older man will have his heart broken by the 'Old Young Love' law. The younger man will have his pocket picked. If you are under fifty years of age, yes you can marry a Cambodian woman providing you earn at least $2,580 each month. Here love has a price on it.
There are strong racist implications too in this new law. There is nothing to stop an 80 year old Cambodian man from marrying a twenty year old Cambodian woman. That is wrong! Nothing wrong with the age difference. If they are in love then fair enough. It is the fact that there is no age limit on the Cambodian to Cambodian marriage.
If the law has been put in place to prevent the exploitation of Cambodian women, sham marriages, bride slavery and mail order brides then it is a noble law. It has though been very badly thought out and fails to achieve what it sets out to do.
Men under fifty are as likely to be as exploitative as those over fifty. There is no age limit on deviousness. If you are bad...you are bad and that's it.
What about a fifty year old foreign man marrying a 49 year old Cambodian woman? One year difference. No. Not allowed.
A 49 year old foreign man marrying a 21 year old Cambodian girl? 27 years age difference. Quite okay.
Age difference matters not at all within the love stakes. Neither does colour or creed. Race should not be considered either.