Scandal Around International Marriage Brokers Act: Sponsors of "Mail Order Brides Bill" are Caught Using Bogus Facts Promoting Legislation

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The International Marriage Broker Regulation Act of 2003 is again in the news with sponsors spotted using incorrect information endorsing the new law. The legislation was originally sponsored by Senator Maria Cantwell and Representative Rick Larsen, both Democrats, and attracted several co-sponsors. Democratic Representative Jan Schakowsky, one of the co-sponsors, is accused of using phony facts on her official website promoting much disputed legislation.

Democratic Representative Jan Schakowsky, one of the co-sponsors of The International Marriage Broker Regulation Act of 2003, is using incorrect information in the article on her official website endorsing the new law. Requests to remove bogus particulars from the Internet are ignored, which raises questions in validity of the law that needs phony facts to prove it right.

Elena Petrova was dumbfounded to find herself pictured as the organizer of an opposition to the U.S. law on International Marriage Brokers. She is an Australian resident, which makes her immune to the proposed legislation.

Petrova has been sending requests to remove oblivious accusations from the Internet since March 2004, to no avail. The article in question, located at:, is still online as today 5 May 2004.

Elena is the firm supporter of the idea of better protection for women-immigrants but she says the proposed legislation will not serve its advertised purpose and may even be harmful.

Petrova released her own list of measures that would remove any possibility for a foreign wife to be subjected to spousal abuse. Those issues include the following:

1.    Take care of common immigration issues such as knowledge of the new country, language, isolation and money.

2.    Extend fiancee visa period to 12 months.

3.    Remove 2-year waiting period for unconditional permanent residence status for foreign wives.

Petrova proposes a detailed plan on how those issues should be taken care of and why they are essential to reducing the number of spousal abuse claims from foreign wives. She says that the current immigration system promotes false abuse claims, which is the main reason why the number of such claims increased for the past years, and proves it by statistical evidence.

Petrova also condemns views of international matchmakers as guilty of trafficking in women and promoting sexual slavery. She says, the number of international marriages will continue to increase in the years to come, and portraying the international matchmaking industry as evil appears peculiar for any open-minded person.

The complete statement of Elena Petrova in response to the article “Marriage Trap” authored by Nancy Traver from Chicago Tribune and published on the website of the U.S. Representative Jan Schakowsky can be found at:

The International Broker Regulation Act of 2003 was originally sponsored by Senator Maria Cantwell and Rep. Rick Larsen, both Democrats, and introduced in Senate of the USA 25 July 2003. The Bill has gained several co-sponsors from the House Democratic Team but was severely criticized by the insiders from the international matchmaking industry.

Elena Petrova is well known in the Russian dating industry by her website Russian Brides Cyber Guide (, which was founded in 1999 and became the first website about Russian women designed by a Russian woman.

In March 2004 Elena started a campaign to promote a new image of Russian women seeking marriage abroad, supported by a number of other Russian women-website owners: in opposition to the current image of Russian women seeking partners abroad portrayed as submissive, serving and sacrificing, Russian Brides Cyber Guide offers the image of Russian women as intelligent, educated and smart, who seek suitable partners and not immigration by any means.

More releases from Russian Brides Cyber Guide regarding this topic:

Additional information can be also accessed online at

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