This article has generated more attention than anything else I have written for the internet, so I decided to expand and improve it. Be sure to read the first part, "My Experiences."
The president of Club Prima has decided that he can intimidate me into not publishing my article about mail order brides. Here's the story, including the nasty, threatening anonymous letter I received. By the way, if you are a gangster or address seller, please read my legal page for a short lesson in libel law- and should you think yourself above the law, you had better understand that you can kill the person but you can't kill the truth.
The INS makes this circus possible. The mail order bride industry, and all its evils are created by a visa system that gives preference to people willing to lie. The INS needs to make it easier to adjust status in the US after immigrating on a student or work visa, instead of making it easiest to immigrate by lieing about one's marital intentions. One tweaking of the law and every mail order bride company in the nation would be closing down within weeks.
Nearly as interesting as my own experiences. Some people have come out for and the vast majority against using mail order bride catalogs as match makers. So far none on moral grounds, and all on the grounds of really bad experiences.
Links to address vendors on the Internet
Note well, that I think you're a moron to buy from these fine sellers. Don't be like me, don't take the first step. This is a criticism of the entire industry, not just the following companies
These links are listed because I have the freedom of speech to do so. Unfortunately, consumers cannot costlessly evaluate the end result of such services. They must rely on other consumers who have been burned, or succeeded against the odds, plus any other vicarious experience. Just like a honest drug dealer who keeps his promises, these companies will provide you with addresses at the negotiated price and sometimes provide travel related services. Bravo! Excellent service. Let's nominate them for the Malcolmb Baldridge Award for heroic quality. I would like to promote informed consumer choice, which should lead to a better world for all, except, maybe address sellers who CANNOT sell so many addresses because their customers are so well informed.
I will remove a link to an address seller if in fact they no longer sell addresses- after all, it could be slander to accuse them of such predatory business. In the meanwhile, see 50 Ways to Stop Censorship at this page.
Addresses for sale:RUSSIAN
To find Club Prima search for them on Yahoo. I know at least some people are going to use this link list to buy address, so I don't want to make it easy for the ones that are harassing me.
Correspondence Club '70. These nice people requested me to add their link. Being Dutch, I suspect they didn't take the time to read the above warning. So in Latin, "Caveat Emptor!" The INS is considered to be tame in comparison with the immigration laws of other countries, so I'd think twice before ruining your life and buying an address.
Links to Other Papers, Screeds and what not on Mailorder Brides which I didn't write, or agree with, but I'd like to include for perspective.Misconceptions A misogynist's view, part of a book that he would like to sell you.
Above and at the sites of the address sellers, you will find argument, generally for mailorder brides. Beware of the statistics! One address seller who I spoke to claimed a stay together of around 80%-90%, but all of these couples had been married less than the two year period required before you can get a divorce with INS's blessing. The most common times for mailorder brides to disappear is immediately, 3 months after marriage (receipt of green card) and 2 years after marriage(receipt of nonconditional permenant residence) and finally for the truly pitiful traitors, 10 years when they receive citizenship. I would bet that there is a disproportionate number of divorces at these break points, indicating the true motivations of these spouses. Also, the majority of address sellers are relatively new, so there isn't an easy way to compare the divorce rates of Americans in general vs mailorder couples. Even mathematically speaking, the data is hard to come by. From Russian mail order brides alone there are only about 300-600 marriages a year.