Brian, I can answer your Question. I was on an Anastasia Tour a few years ago. AnastasiaDate.com
only has offices in Russia and an affiliate office in the U.S. ( in Bangor...). Anastasia partners with 100's maybe Thousands of small independent local - regional Marriage and Dating Agencies. Each Agency places local Ads for Employmemt opportunities: make $$$ Chatting with foreign men... Every minute that you spend in Chats or camshare has a Dollar/ commission rate ( Not All Ladies get Paid to chat ) But the ladies that answer these ads are Hired, professionally photographed, and given free access to their website client base to coax you into Chat conversations, Asking you to send them Letters, Cam share with them and to call them @ $40.00 a call.
Anastasia has no real control over the 100's of local Agencies. The local Agencies keep the New faces coming, every year Hundreds of Local teens turn 18, and many answer these Ads for extra money or an income generating Job. If you Believe that an 18-24 year old wants a 50 year old man, you are Fooling yourself. Be Realistic, These younger women surf the sites - just looking for a Chat partner so they can make their money.
It is True that there are Thousands of Russian, Chinese, and Ukrainian women looking for foreign husbands and boyfriends, but they are Not the young women who are soliciting you on line for your Chat credits. Most profile photos are Photo Shopped - to create a flawless enticing picture.
Not all Dating and Marriage agencies are a Scam, but almost All on-line Dating sites are just a window to a pay as you go virtual Dating community. If you really want to meet an Eastern European woman, Travel to Eastern Europe. European women are very beautiful from their teen years through their 30's, they take good care of their Looks, they are very active, and realize that their Beauty is valuable to them. Older European women do not seem to age very well beyond 40. There are exceptions to every rule, but look at Married Euro women beyond 40, and you will see their athletic teenaged physiques long gone, and they slowly begin to morph into their mothers.
Professional photographers are everywhere, they are the Artists that paint the Beautiful images that capture Our Attention. Just remember that AFA, Dream Marriage, Dream Connections, AnastasiaDate, and All the other Agencies are just website business trying to capture your paycheck. If you really want to meet a Euro lady, save yourself Months of Letters and limited correspondence. Tell her that you want to meet her in real life, and you can be there ( in front of her ) in 2 weeks. Most Agency ladies will immediately play along, and Tell you everything that they think ( you want to hear), but they have no real intention to ever really meet you. But, again... There are women who are serious and they will Show up. A Round Trip to Ukrain is less than $1000.00 on average, and the currency exchange for USD is Great, almost $22 to $1. I would go every month if I could get away from work and was just a little independently wealthy. Ukraine is a Great place to Visit. If you don't speak Russian or Ukrainian, just hire an interpreter, and they will translate for you. Local Agencies will show you their Catalogs of local women, and make arrangements for real face to face meetings. Pick a Lady, and if she agrees to meet, you will need to pay the agency their match making fee ( I think it's $40.00 USD for an arranged meeting). Meeting a Lady in Ukraine is easier than you might think, women out number men, and women Dress up to the Nines because competition for men is Real.
Don't waste your money Chatting with some lady that you may NEVER meet, save your money, and book a week in Ukraine instead.