REDHERRING -- Mar 27 -- A federal law, the International Marriage Broker Regulation Act (IMBRA), makes it a felony for a man in the United States to communicate with a foreign woman via dating site, without the man first submitting unilaterally to criminal background and sex-offender checks and certifying all previous convictions or arrests, marriages, or divorces, children, and states of residence since the age of 18. An online dating company not compliant with this legislation can be sued for $5k-25k and its executives could do up to 5 years in prison. The rationale behind creation of IMBRA was to protect foreign women.
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Mark Brooks: AsiaFriendFinder might have cause for concern, but all the foreign based dating sites aren't going to be too concerned about IMBRA. This is ill-conceived legislation. What's next?