Reading the contribution of a Sunday Kaieteur columnist brought to mind the experiences that some people undergo just to get a piece of the paradise that they believe exists in foreign lands. From the many anecdotes that abound, it seems as if women are not spared their share of being victims of the con game that predators practice. Women have been led into believing that some men purportedly from overseas are so much interested in making them wives that these ordinarily sensible beings refuse to see the forest for the trees.
Among the examples of the wool that our local women have had pulled over their eyes are those where a presentable man approaches a personable woman and impresses upon her that he is in Guyana for the wedding of a relative and that he will be returning overseas shortly.
Now some of these women may be in a stable relationship, but because of being needful, they are swept off their feet by the attention and protestations of love from this ‘overseas’ person. Again, it should be noted that some of these women may be looking for marriage, something that is certainly desirable.
But what they ignore is the fact that predators have a basic understanding of the psychological makeup of prospective victims in the same way that those ‘burn and switch’ artists understand the minds of those persons who want to make a quick dollar even if it means going along with a scheme that is patently illegal.
Some women, having known an ‘overseas visitor’ for only a short while, have been known to invite them into their hearts and homes, dropping everything in the process. The situation is remedied by the lucky ones who sometimes quickly realize the predicament they have placed themselves and – if they are strong enough, sever all ties.
Some of these con men even engage in phone conversations with imaginary relatives overseas where they discuss their imminent return and the arrangements which must be made to facilitate same. It sometimes borders on the ridiculous when it is time for these Lotharios to depart to their overseas base that they find all manner of excuses why they should not leave.
Some claim that they are so besotted that they cannot bear to leave their new found love; they would prefer to remain and get to know their ‘Juliet’ better. If the woman is relatively independent, these fellows are not averse to asking to sleep in while the woman goes off to earn her living sometimes leaving girl children with these wolves.
One young woman received a wrong number phone call from a person with an American accent. After apologizing for his mistake, the foreigner introduced himself and during the course of the ensuing conversation, elicited the young woman’s name and her permission to call again.
On occasion the man would instruct the woman to go to his relative’s home to collect items which came in a barrel for her. Eventually the man advised the young woman that he would be arriving in Guyana and that he would like to meet with her.
Romeo met with the young woman who incidentally is the mother of two children and started a raging love affair. One day the woman was walking in downtown Georgetown when she was approached by someone with whom she was slightly acquainted.
Imagine her shock and awe when Nosey Parker told her that her overseas lover was only recently an occupant of Lot 12 Camp and Durban Streets, Werk-en-Rust. Fortunately (or unfortunately) the busybody was able to point out that Romeo was released only two weeks prior to which she agreed that it was two weeks since she had physically met him.
The poor young woman, needful of love was so hurt that she told Romeo off and reported to the police that the man was stalking her. It seems as if the fellow is in the habit of making calls to random phone numbers from the jail in the hope of ensnaring innocent females.
Some chaps, wanting to secure certain pecuniary and other benefits from their employers overseas, have even married women only to leave them languishing in Guyana for the rest of their lives.
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