When speaking about cross culture marriages, there is an interesting trend: a relationship between a man from the USA and a woman from Australia is an "international relationship", yet a relationship between the same man and a Russian bride, Asia or Latin America woman is a "mail order brides" thing.
In doing my due diligence and searching for the best services available I was also forced to search for the terms "mail order brides" and "Russian brides", "Asian brides" etc.. While this may not be the preferred terminology it is nevertheless commonly used.
Quite a few of the internet dating agencies still provide the "traditional" type of service where one purchases the addresses of Russian women, Asian women and Latin women, etc. Other online dating services however have amassed a huge international database of women and men so that one now can join one or more of these agencies and contact as many women and men as one wants from many different countries for a single membership fee.
In my searching I have come across information which I feel should be addressed here. After all, I am now aware of this, and I feel everyone who is about to embark on the mail order bride path needs to be aware of this also. The following links are a must read. Russian Brides and the Media and Are you at risk?
I sincerely hope that these articles don't dash your hopes for love and happiness. My intention is only to bring more awareness to my customers and ask them to be careful. Even though these articles specifically address the "Russian Brides" thing, I know that the stigma exists no matter what prefix you use.
Below you will find sites that I recommend.
Ruth - "Your guide"
Anti-Scam Guide - the ultimate way to scam-free relationship with a Russian Bride
Stop Wasting Money on Dating Russian, Ukrainian Women - uncovers dirty tricks and traps of online relationships with Russian, Ukrainian girls, and how you can easily be scammed by unscrupulous players. Learn simple and quick ways how to shield yourself from scams and fraud in dating Eastern European women.
A Foreign Affair - (also called loveme.com) is the world's largest and most respected Introduction and Tour service. Founded in early 1995, they were the first on-line Introduction and Tour Company, and have since grown to be the industry leader. Free browsing.
A Pretty Woman - In 1995 they started a website which was one of the first companies for Russian brides on the internet to provide their male clients the opportunity to browse and find a perfect woman. Free browsing.
They seek marriage partners - not some famous or wealthy guys, but normal, kind, honest and sincere men. They want to love and be loved. Those words might feel worn out, but it is exactly what Russian women and Asian girls ande Ukrainian ladies want - they want to be loved and respected by their husbands, and be able to love and respect their husbands in return. They are not looking just for a way out of Russia or China. They sincerely seek this special someone who will make their life complete, just like you do.