San Diego International Law Journal


Vanessa Brocato

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Document Type

Lead Article


This Article looks at the MOBI in the United States through the lens of international human rights. Part II will describe the MOBI. Part III will evaluate the MOBI within an international human rights framework. Part IV will examine current U.S. legislation relating to the MOBI. Part V suggests strategies for addressing the MOBI. Nations will not be able to solve the problem independently because the MOBI is a transnational phenomenon. Conducting a critique of marriage brokers in a human rights context can help place problems caused by the MOBI at the forefront of international debate. Applying current human rights norms can lead to much needed regulation and prevention of the exploitation involved. Demanding that all countries meet their international human rights obligations, especially in terms of gender equality, will diminish the power-disparate environment in which the industry thrives.