"What happened is the advent of all these online travel sites put a lot of pressure on these traditional models, with people going online and booking their own flights," he said."The internet cuts out the middleman and the agency is the classic middleman."A more ominous explanation for the shift would be the passage in 2005 of the International Marriage Brokerage Act.I chatted with Natalya Galugan, a pretty 26-year-old from Kryvyi Rih.She said she gets up to three messages a day from men, "90% from Muslim countries" like Egypt, Turkey and Jordan."As corny as that sounds, of all the girls I friend requested and messaged, even after the first online conversation something stood out about her." When he met her in person in Ukraine just a few weeks later, they were "inseparable."Last Monday, he flew to Ukraine to bring Chumakova back to the U. They just passed an interview at the American Embassy for Chumakova to get her fiancée visa and are waiting for it to arrive in the mail.
I wanted to find and speak to some of the young women who have drawn foreign bachelors with the hopes of finding Eastern European wives to the site.Western dudes have used the internet to find Eastern European brides for years.Typically they go through international matchmaking agencies, which charge for access to thousands of women looking for foreign husbands.As Eastern Europe undergoes a debate which Russian social networks have the best women, and the best way to pick them up: "If you go to one of the many group dedicated to foreign languages or foreign countries, there will be plenty of single, young attractive women, and your success rate will be much, much higher," explains one.And Russian news reports have apparently warned of the influx of "creepy foreign men" onto social networking sites.