mail order bride" made people cringe. The women, everyone assumed, had to be horribly desperate to sell themselves to the highest bidder. The men, people thought, must be unappealing but rich, possibly searching for someone who was willing to have sex and do housework timid enough not to question their husbands. The industry faded as its respectability floundered but now, re-branded as "premium international dating," the mail-order bride industry is back -- and it's booming.It wasn't so long ago that the term "
A decade ago, it seemed like a seedy way to find a mate. "The night I met my husband, in the port city of Odessa, Ukraine, in late 2000, I stood against the wall in a restaurant at the Black Sea Hotel along with 200 other young women," wrote one mail-order bride about her own experience. "The two dozen men seated before us -- all from America, mostly in their 50s or 60s -- had come to find wives."Read More »from Has the Mail Order Bride Business Gone Mainstream?