Wednesday, September 7, 2011

Radio win-a-Russian-bride contest panned

An Edmonton radio station is feeling the heat over a contest offering the winner a Russia wife. "What the hell are they thinking?" said radio listener Alissa Foster, who has been tuning in to The Bear-FM since she was a teen, but now goes elsewhere for classic rock. "I'm still disgusted, still morally offended."
The Bear is partnering with an on-line matchmaking service that connects Russian women with foreign husbands.
Sometimes those women are exploited, said Andrea Burhart, with Alberta's Action Coalition on Human Trafficking.
"I cringed when I saw it," she said. "The bottom line is that we don't know how these women are coming into this. Employment and Immigration Minister Thomas Lukazuk found the contest so offensive, he pulled his ministry's advertising from the station.

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