Posted by: Paula Delgado-Kling | December 28, 2012

Colombian mail-order bride agencies: Visa-starved women meet seemingly lonely, socially awkward men.

Mail-order bride agencies like ColombianSweethearts, A Foreign Affair, ColombianCupid, and AmoLatina offer a chance for Colombian women and foreign men to meet one another.

Some agencies offer the men “romance tours” — or as another agency called it “the ultimate guys holiday” — to Colombia, where they are promised the opportunity to meet dozens of women for marriage (or a fling). The tours start at $1,595 and include a hotel room, two mixers, and sometimes a private beauty pageant. Airfare and most other expenses aren’t covered, and some men have estimated they spent from US $10,000 to $20,000 on the trip. Often, the men are regular customers. They seem lonely and socially awkward, and are pleased with the ratio of 10 women for one man.

The women said they were seeking a visa to the U.S., the money they get paid, and clothes. It is unlikely the women are looking for love.

And it is unlikely the rendez-vous will end in love. The Las Vegas Sun documented a case in 2007 of a Colombian Internet bride who was systematically beaten and tortured by her husband, until she finally fled.

Rates of abuse in marriages between American men and foreign women may be nearly three times higher than in the general U.S. population, according to figures from the Tahirih Justice Center, a Virginia-based advocacy group for battered immigrant women.

The center helped push for the International Marriage Broker Regulation Act of 2005 that imposes regulations and safeguards for people who meet their mates on marriage sites. The law includes a requirement for marriage brokerage sites to collect criminal histories of its clients, and to show those background checks to the women who sign up to date them.

Marriage brokering is a US $2 billion international industry.


Responses

  1. Too bad the article is totally devoid of facts and just expressing the opinion of others with a bone to pick. Shame on Paula for not knowing the difference. Not journalizim at all. You can count on almost any domestic violence statistic to be greatly exaggeratted or misleading. The definitions include “rolling your eyes” and “denying women sex” when they want it. Of course flip the defnitions for men as “expecting sex” from a wife is also “domestic violence”.

    I have seen some statistics multiplied by 100 over the real figure repeated by media over and over again just because and angy, man-hating woman says it once on a show. These people are generally not well. Check your figures press and do not give public platforms to liars. See the facts at: http://www.mediaradar.org to understand this industry spouts propaganda to raise its revenue, not facts.

  2. I like your post. Colombian women are beautiful and stunning. There are more and more Colombian women seeking men online. Precaution is a big plus. Thousands of American men seeking Colombian women in Colombia. So, just be yourself and careful.


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