“If my husband is ready to move [to the Philippines] today, I’ll go,” Bonna Joy Holiday said.
David Haldane, 63, and his wife Ivy, 30, hold their son Isaac at their home in Orange County.
Enrile thinks that this cultural norm keeps women from leaving their marriage.
“These dating sites make me feel like we’re a commodity and you can buy and sell us like anything on e Bay,” Enrile, a Filipino herself, said.
“And they owe it to him to make the relationship work.” The Mariposa Center for Change helps about 50 Filipino women every year who came to the states through dating websites and end up victims of abuse and domestic violence.
Enrile says that these women often stay in the marriages because they don’t know where to turn for help in the U. and they worry they won’t be able to get their papers to stay in the country.