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Behind friendship, a hidden agenda …

In your work with youths, you often come across this small group of girls who seem very close and get along very well. Even the latest arrival, who is younger, has been integrated very quickly.

"I was sure she was my friend.  I never saw it coming when she made me dance for the first time!“ (Emma, 15 years old)

 

Pimping isn’t exclusive to men. Professionals in this field rarely suspect girls to be recruiting and some female recruiters benefit from this. Several environments being inaccessible to adult male recruiters, girls will create friendships with the ones they wish to recrute¹. In one study, 25% of women claimed to have been recruited by a woman².

 

¹ Paradis & Cousineau, 2005

² Rosa & Chadillon-Farinacci, 2014