All this together made Lithuania a popular destination for foreign men to seek dates.That said, it is no longer the early 1990s when many Lithuanian girls believed every foreigner to be rich and famous.In some cases, this "payment for a woman" is a thinly-veiled form of prostitution.
In the 2000s, this was still something acceptable just to some people, while by 2010s most of the youth (and some middle-aged people) have accepted it as a possible alternative.Initially, the meetings would be arranged through Lithuanian "friend-finding" websites, which were somewhat out-competed by "Tinder" in the mid-2010s.Their boyfriends (and sometimes even husbands) are, typically, rich men who seek a pretty (and often younger) girl beside them.Foreigners are a common target of the barracudas as well, as they are believed to have wages high enough to satisfy their tastes.Likewise, to a Western girl, some of the qualities some Lithuanian guys are so proud to possess may seem rather dull.
Their "great cars" will likely be "just regular" by the Western standards and the same would go for their salaries.
Often, the "price" such women expect is high and, on the higher tiers, may include demands for gifted cars and expensive jewelry.
The women who effectively "sell themselves" long-term this way, are known in Lithuanian as "barracudas", usually a derogatory term.
So much so, that the concept "(s)he is dating somebody" had no translation into the Lithuanian language until some 2000s, when the journalists who translated English articles about the American film and music stars came up with a direct translation .
For those who do date, it is common for a man to pay for the woman during a date.
Indeed their looks are not that far away from the Hollywood-inspired global ideal: their skin is fair and merely a few are overweight.