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Tuesday 23 December  

The State We're In - Loverboys

On air: 23 September 2011 2:00 (Photo: LEHTIKUVA/Marja Airio)

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The State We're In, 24 September 2011. A woman in Mumbai on what beauty really means after her husband throws acid in her face. A young Dutch woman reveals how she became a prostitute – and then a recruiter – for so-called 'Loverboys'. And the mother of a 'Loverboy' victim explains how she’s fighting back.

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Shirin Juwaley before the acid attack
Shirin Juwaley before the acid attack
Acid attack
Shirin Juwaley in Mumbai, India had a bad feeling when she got married, and her instincts were right: her new husband mistreated her. After two months, she filed for divorce. He then threw acid in her face. Shirin tells host Jonathan Groubert how she’s put her life back together – on her terms.

Web extra: Shirin often goes into schools to speak about what happened to her. But the principal of one girls’ college refused to let her enter. Shirin wrote about the incident on her blog 'Do I look normal?'

RNW colleague Dheera Sujan - who blogs for South Asia Wired - wrote an open letter to the principal. Read it here

Dheera joined Jonathan Groubert to describe the response her letter provoked

More on this story from South Asia Wired - Trial by fire: Shirin Juwaley acid attack survivor

Shirin Juwaley, present day
Shirin Juwaley, present day
Shirin’s blog is Do I Look Normal?

Shirin’s organization is Palash - helping reintegrate individuals with disfigurement

Further reading: 'Bad education' (Mumbai Mirror)




My loverboy
Eline recounts how a nice first date turned out to be a dark introduction into the world of 'Loverboys' - young men who pose as potential boyfriends, then morph into violent pimps. She tells Jonathan about being both their victim – and their accomplice.

Anita de Wit (right) and her daughter Angelique
Anita de Wit (right) and her daughter Angelique
The mother who never gave up
Anita’s teenage daughter, Angelique, fell prey to 'Loverboys' not just once, but three times.

But Anita never gave up hope that her daughter would one day return to her.

Angelique was forced to work as a prostitute in Amsterdam's Red Light District for two years, but she did eventually return home.

And now Anita is the driving force behind a foundation dedicated to stopping 'Loverboys'

Link - Stop Loverboys Now Foundation

Angelique’s rescue as shown on the Dutch TV show Vermist (Missing):


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Christopher Murray 28 September 2011 - 9:05pm / Ireland

We've been hearing about loverboys from Radio Netherlands for years and now TSWI gives us a clear description of what it entails. However, this can't be a uniquely Dutch phenomenon, can it?

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