Dating ukrainien 2016
It becomes clear that the dating scene in Odessa is not all it seems.
Locals laugh when I ask them about the strange no-shows, and tell me that in all probability, the women that these men thought they were falling in love with do not even exist.
But when they arrived in Odessa, in the vast majority of cases, the women were nowhere to be seen.
Some of them turned off their phones, others arranged dates but did not arrive.
Other cities in Ukraine, and other countries in Eastern Europe and Asia, also have well-developed bride industries, but Odessa is a global hub for men looking for love.Curious to find out if the "mail-order bride" is alive and well in the 21st century, I joined a 10-day "romance tour" organised by Anastasia Date, one of the world's biggest "international dating" agencies.The company had £90m of revenue last year, mainly through its prodigiously expensive chat services, where men pay up to £1 per minute to talk with women located across the globe, or up to £10 to send them an email message.Todd from Delaware, a bread-delivery man who had worked seven night-shifts per week for the past six months to be able to afford the trip, has been taken to a pool club where the bill came to £250.Chris has been taken for an overpriced meal and thinks he saw the waiter give his date a kickback after he had paid the bill.