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Cambodians banned temporarily from marrying Koreans: diplomat

SEOUL, March 19 (Yonhap) -- The Cambodian government has imposed a provisional ban on international marriages with Koreans, citing fears of human trafficking, an official at the South Korean embassy in Cambodia said Friday.

"The Cambodian government has informed the South Korean embassy in Cambodia early this month that it will suspend receiving applications for international marriage between Cambodians and South Koreans," the official told Yonhap News Agency by phone. "The government again confirmed this in a formal document sent to the embassy on March 5."

   The restriction pertains only to South Korea because nearly 60 percent of international marriages in Cambodia involve Korean nationals, and most of them are arranged through brokers, the official said. Cambodia has banned marriage brokerage since 2008, allowing only "love matches." Despite the ban, the number of Cambodian women marrying Korean men more than doubled from 551 in 2008 to 1,372 last year.