They populate Odessa's numerous terrace cafés, stroll in hordes through its parks, and fill the plush velvet seats of its 19thcentury opera house.
A foreign man, usually though not always over 60 and American, sits with a Ukrainian girl, probably in her twenties and strikingly attractive.
If a woman wants to place her profile on Romance Compass.com, she needs to visit our partner's office and provide a copy of her ID.
We therefore make sure that each lady is real and single.
It’s a very convenient way of meeting potential partners: you have thousands of profiles before your eyes, and your special someone can be among them.
(Not really sure, I tell her.)I’m on Anastasia Date.com, the leading provider of “premium international dating” services for singles looking for love abroad.
(Her name being the same as the site's is a coincidence.) Premium international dating is a new name for what’s traditionally referred to as the mail-order bride business. Its user growth is even more impressive: The site’s traffic grew 220% in 2012. The advent of globalization and the ubiquity of online dating has set the stage for new-age mail-order bride companies to gain unprecedented popularity.
And thanks to people like me willing to pay to talk with beautiful young women like Anastasia -- who was paid to respond -- the trade is doing pretty well.. It now has four million users, who cumulatively spend some 360 million hours on the site per year. According to market research firm Experian Marketing Services, the top 10 premium international dating sites drew 12.2 million visits in March.
That’s a 29% uptick from March of last year -- a huge increase compared to the rest of the relatively stagnant online dating industry.