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The "romance tours," where schlubby middle-aged American divorcees pay thousands of dollars to meet these leggy blondes in Ukraine or Russia, are But some men have grown wary of the industry that promises them lifelong happiness with a woman from the economically-depressed country of their choice.
They complain that the agencies are corrupt, and more interested in making money than matches.
*** Stephen Ewald, a 40-year-old accountant from Michigan, met his fiancée — a 24-year-old Ukrainian named Alina Chumakova — on VKontakte in 2009.
I chatted with Natalya Galugan, a pretty 26-year-old from Kryvyi Rih.
She said she gets up to three messages a day from men, "90% from Muslim countries" like Egypt, Turkey and Jordan.
For months, he'd been spamming the profiles of thousands of random Ukrainian women in a virtual quest to find a wife, chatting up whoever would respond with the help of Google Translate.
But the moment he got his first message from Chumakova, asking why he'd friended her, he knew his search was over."I just had a feeling," Ewald said.
The site currently boasts 110 million registered users and is the top social network in many Eastern European countries.