Con-artists train to steal hearts!

Global Times - Weekend - - OPINION -

Rise in the num­ber of un­mar­ried Chi­nese women has given birth to a mar­ket that trains men to be Pick-up Artists (PUA). The fear among women of “being left out” is being ex­ploited by un­scrupu­lous men who lure them into a ro­man­tic re­la­tion­ship for which they have been trained. Sev­eral women, a recent re­port re­veals, have fallen vic­tim to guys who un­der­went PUA train­ing. Some of th­ese men had flings with up to 20 women while oth­ers forced them to open their purses af­ter get­ting them to open their hearts. Ex­ploited women of­ten ended up being de­pressed, anx­ious, and in some cases sui­ci­dal. PUA was ini­tially meant for self-im­prove­ment, but be­came a source of de­ceit. Women must be careful not to get caught up in the web of “spu­ri­ous ro­mance.”

Il­lus­tra­tions: Peter C. Espina/GT

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