Whether you have obsessed about relationships since exiting the womb, don't know what you think about it all quite yet, or are afraid of getting hurt, as humans we all have an innate need for love. One author put it this way: "To love is to be fully human."
We all feel that to be true, because when we do not feel loved we are crippled; and conversely, when we love someone it is an exhilarating adventure.We all have this desire for love and affection.
Romeo pimps primarily pretend to engage a potential victim with romantic interests to gain trust and emotional vulnerability.
Once her love and loyalty are secure, the pimp will begin compromising her boundaries or needing her help in various situations. Oftentimes these boundaries and favors are sexual in nature and may start small (like dancing at parties) before escalating to prostitution. When the pimp finally introduces his victim to the world of sexual exploitation, she is often so in love and dependent on him that she will do anything to prove her affection. If she ever refuses or does not want to, his response is simple:
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These relationships often have very similar characteristics as an abusive relationship, and then turn into an exploitative relationship. The following Power & Control Wheels illustrate the similarities and differences in these types of relationships.
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