Mail-Order-Brides from Africa
In the Spring of 1998, I found two agencies operating out of the United States there were offering mail-order-brides from Africa.
Ebony Gems of Nubia
This is a correspondence & penpal service for men seeking attractive young black women from Africa and other parts of the world for love, romance and marriage.
EBONY GEMS OF NUBIA P.O. Box 659 Hyannisport, MA 02647 USA 173
The African Queens agency was offering women from Lesotho and Johannesburg, South Africa, and said they were marketing the women to the “Afro-Western Professional’ man.
Hello! We very pleased to have you here at the home of some of the most beautiful women in the world . . .
There are hundreds of Personals Services on and off of the World Wide Web offering ladies from Russia, Ukraine, Latvia, Philippines, China and about every corner of the earth. We are proud to be THE ONLY company in existance [sic] today that offers
SOUTH AFRICAN WOMEN EXCLUSIVELY!
Why have we done this? Simple. Again, there are so many companies offering caucasian and asian women on the web that we were astounded to find that NO ONE offered beautiful BLACK FORIEGN WOMEN to eligible WESTERN MEN! We not only have black women but caucasian as well from South Africa BUT we are trying to maintain a STRONG EMPHASIS ON THE "Afro- Western" PROFESSIONAL.
African Queens - c/o KwikMail Worldwide Delivery - 8304 Whetstone Road - Evansville, Indiana 47711 USA
In March 1999, the United States Immigration and Naturalization Service (INS) reported that the number of mail-order-bride agencies in the United States was growing rapidly. The US Congress mandated the report because of fears that women were being exploited and tricked into fraudulent marriages. In 1998, there were over 200 mail-order-bride agencies operating in the United States. The report claimed that approximately 4,000 to 6,000 women, mostly from the Philippines or the newly independent states of the former Soviet Union, were brought to the US each year through mail-order-bride agents. Although, this number is only three to four percent of all female immigration to the United States, this small number is starting to appear in domestic violence statistics-almost one percent of the domestic violence cases now being brought to the attention of the INS involve women from the mail-order-bride industry. An investigation