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The Search For Miss Right Takes a Turn Toward Russia; `Mail-Order Brides' of the '90s Are Met Via Internet and on `Romance Tours'
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The Washington Post - Washington, D.C.
Subjects: Dating services; Marriage; Social life & customs; Americans abroad; Internet; Personal relationships
Author: Sun, Lena H
Date: Mar 8, 1998
Start Page: A.01
Section: A SECTION

So, he turned to the Internet. He typed in the key words, "Russian women," and for hours each night, he clicked through screenfuls of pretty women. He bought the addresses of about 600 from 15 international marriage agencies.

Wells is among the growing number of American men turning to international agencies to find wives from overseas -- "mail-order brides." The companies are part of an exploding multimillion-dollar industry that markets women from developing countries as potential brides to men in Western nations. For the last two decades, most have come from the Philippines or elsewhere in Asia.

Now, there are 200 to 250 introduction companies doing business in the United States, and a third started within the last year, according to industry estimates. At least 80 focus exclusively on women from Russia and Eastern Europe; others expanded to include Russian women.

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