Many of the flirty fishers had boyfriends, were married, or had children.
Cult leader David Berg extrapolated from this that women in his movement should be "flirty fishers" (also called "bait" or "fisherwomen"). The cult published several documents with exact instructions.The financial benefit of Flirty Fishing soon led to a further degeneration of the practice from mere flirting into "loving sexually" to "escort servicing" (ESing)—described as "making FFing pay" by Berg—in which female cult members would work as regular call girls for escort agencies or freelance, and merely "witness" (proselytize) to their clients when the occasion offered itself.The Children of God practised flirty fishing and escort servicing from 1974 until 1987, when it was officially abandoned, in part because of the AIDS epidemic.This article was co-authored by our trained team of editors and researchers who validated it for accuracy and comprehensiveness. You can talk about where you go to school or what you do for a living. Together, they cited information from 18 references.