I just stumbled on this link today, for an upcoming documentary called “Chosen”.
Even though I was not targeted for the purposes of human trafficking, Psychopath #1 used eerily similar tactics with me (at the time, an adult in my thirties).
I believe that from the moment he saw my ad on a personals site on the internet, he was sizing me up for exploitation. He identified my vulnerabilities (loneliness, obviously, as I was internet dating, and other insecurities when he met me), swooped in and “gave” me what I wanted, mainly companionship, got me hooked to the point that I even considered him my best friend, and then used my trust in him, and fear of losing him, to convince (brainwash, more so) me to do things that were in his (and his accomplice’s) best interests but to my detriment. It took me months, and in some cases, years, to identify what he had done to me and to understand how he did it.
Make no mistake – these people are not EVERYONE, but they are EVERYWHERE. Psychopath #2 slipped under the radar, again engaging in similar behaviors in different situations so I just didn’t see it at the time, but I gave him more benefit of the doubt because I worked at the same company with him.
Finding out you’ve been duped, then how these weasels did it, even years later, I compare to being psychologically raped. They deliberately set you up, groom you, to do their bidding. I cannot describe this as anything but unspeakably evil.