25 Intriguing Facts About Mail-Order Brides

Did you know that you can order your future bride via mail or even online? To some, this may sound a bit disquieting…but it’s true. And what’s even more interesting is that marriage via “mail-order brides” is not a new practice, many men from the Western side of the world have “ordered” their brides. And get this: Most live happily ever after!

Marriage often means the beginning of a family and is meant to be a lifelong commitment. It offers the opportunity to grow in selflessness as you serve your wife or husband and children. Some believe when a man and a woman get married the “two become one” which is why; some argue, we should all be very careful when the moment comes to pick a life partner. But despite its undeniable importance, in recent times the institution of marriage has been reduced to nothing more than a sentimental ceremony between consenting adults, radically redefined, or simply abandoned altogether. Somewhere within the struggles of relationship coupling, the mail-order bride service resides.

With the long-term viability of marriage in question many people are wondering if the traditional concept of marriage is really that important. Sure, people can commit to each other without getting married and truth be told, this phenomenon is more common than ever before. However, a large percentage of people seem to prefer the tradition of marriage which might explain why a number of men still seek their wives through mail-order bride services. Despite the rapid decline of this phenomenon thanks to the Internet and the hundreds of dating sites online, mail-order bride services are still around. These are 25 Intriguing Facts About Mail-Order Brides.

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The mail-order bride industry is not always an innocent field, both for bride and for buyer. There have been cases where a bride has been abused, or even murdered by her husband. In other cases, it can be just as dangerous for the husband.

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In September 2003, twenty-six-year-old Ukrainian engineer and mail-order bride Alla Barney bled to death in her car after her American husband Lester Barney, 58, slashed her throat in front of their four-year-old son Daniel.

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However, many mail-order marriages enjoy great success. This is attributed to a high amount of correspondence and ensuring that the partners are well matched. At times, the correspondence can take years. As a result, mail-order marriages enjoy a very low divorce rate.

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US immigration law provides protection for brides once they arrive. In 1996 Congress passed the Illegal Immigration Reform and Responsibility Act. Section 652 of this legislation specifically addresses the mail-order bride industry.

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Mail-order services—especially those found online—are not “selling” brides. On the contrary, the brides themselves voluntarily post their pictures, likes, dislikes, and which country they are interested in finding a husband from.

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