T hese are trying times for Odessa. After the annexation of Crimea, pro-Russian forces are stirring tension in this Black Sea port, and there are weekly standoffs between demonstrators who want to be part of Ukraine and those who want closer ties to Russia. But for all the political and economic chaos that has engulfed Ukraine in the past three months, one industry is still thriving: the internet romance trade. The economies of several Ukrainian cities are boosted by the surreal and disingenuous online bride business, and Odessa is the biggest hub. It does not take long for a visitor to the city to stumble upon an "international date" — there are legions of western men in town meeting with young women they have met online, usually with the conversation facilitated by a translator. At internet cafes and homes across the city, thousands of women spend hours each day chatting to prospective suitors online.
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Are all Ukrainian and Russian ladies scammers?
Any one here went to romance tour to Ukraine or Russia. Haven't ever used one as I met my wife from Ukraine on internet and we met privately. However couple of years ago in Mykolaev there was a big advertising campaign for a US marriage agency "Foreign Affairs". Leaflets being given out in the streets and a friend told me that it was manic in the hotel with it being like a cattle market with available ladies sitting around and interested gents also being urged to talk.
The best way to avoid scams is to make your correspondent understand that you will never send her money, right from the second or third letter. If your correspondent is a scammer then she will disappear as soon as she understands that she cannot get anything from you. This method will save you time, money, and you will avoid many disappointments in love.