The stories behind the loverboy phenomenon
(issued in English in 2018) Sometimes called Romeo pimps, teenage pimps or boyfriend pimps, loverboys tactics have become one of the most common modus operandi exploiters use in recruiting and grooming their victims. There is a common pattern in the way loverboys operate: gifts, love, drugs and, as a final step, initiation to prostitution. The exploiter knows that once a girl is emotionally involved, she will be ready do whatever she can to keep his affection. This dossier offers an insight into the phenomenon through the voice of victims and witnesses.