Offshore quickie divorces became a big business in Mexico in the 1960s

Here’s an interesting article from way back in 1971, from Time Magazine, thanks to our friends at vipdivorce.com

But perhaps more interesting is the story behind it. Offshore quickie divorces became a big business in Mexico in the 1960s, but under pressure to “clean up” in 1971 Mexico banned divorces for non-residents. The story is of Manuel Espinosa, a Mexican “divorce mill” lawyer who resourcefully moved his base to Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic, where he promptly persuaded the President to pass a law allowing quickie divorces there.

Neighboring Haiti passed similar laws at the same time.

Espinosa achieved this feat by hiring a number of Dominican legislators into his law firm.

This is a perfect example of someone smart who might have read the chapter in Invisible Investor called “How to Win Friends and Influence People in Small Corrupt Countries.”

Exactly the same kind of thing can be done today. It’s not difficult to be a big fish in a small pond. Best of all it’s the perfect PT business – diplomacy for your own profit!

If anybody has any interest in this and has a certain amount of capital we’re talking at least a million here right now I know of a couple of countries that are very much open for business in terms of letting you write their own laws. There is any number of businesses you could run. You can get an introduction, but please be prepared to meet first and demonstrate that you are serious. Contact the BBBB office initially.

Here’s the original stuff:

The eight Americans were greeted at Santo Domingo’s Las Americas Airport by a smiling host who guided them effortlessly through customs and on to the posh El Embajador Hotel for cocktails and a sumptuous dinner. Next morning the visitors were shuttled to the country’s thriving new tourist attraction: the Palace of Justice. By noontime, they were divorced from their spouses back home.
The cost: about $500 in legal expenses, plus airfare and the price of an overnight stay.
Since a liberalized divorce law went into effect in the Dominican Republic 2½ months ago, 220 Americans have participated in the brisk ritual… continue reading here

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