Merzouga is a beautiful romantic village in the middle of the desert.
Women fall for the charms of the men here without realising that the majority are working as call-boys/prostitutes for a living. They are very loving and charming. They get the girls/women to fall in love with them, talñking about romance and future.
The women/girls keep travelling there to visit their boyfriends, taking with them gifts of clothes, telephones, sunglasses etc., and pay for everything they do with their “boyfriend”. They pay the alcohol, tobacco, food, hotel rooms…. Usually (blind from love) they leave money for their boyfriends when they return home.
Later the men are asking for money per Western Union, using excuses such as they must put credit on their phone to be able to chat, or repair their phones to keep contact, pay electricity, debts, and whateverelse they can think of.
Often if they think their “girlfriends” have a bit of money they suggest larger sums to enable them to buy a jeep to do excursions for tourists so enable them to build a busiuness so their girlfriends can eventually move there or to make money to start to build a home for the future together.
Little do the women/girls realise that they are being scammed, and actually PAYING to have a “nice time” with a man on “holiday. Usually, a few months later (or 3 or 4 years) the women/girls find out that they are not the only “girlfriend”. There are usually at least 2 or 3 others in the mans life…. all travelling to morocco to spend time with their “boyfriends” when they can.
The men there in Merzouga find it normal to use the women in this way. They feel no guilt. It is their way to get money, and needs. I speak from experience. I know many women/girls that have fallen for this scam and ended up very hurt (and sometimes quite broke!). THIS IS THE REALITY OF MERZOUGA.
Often these men contact women through messenger, after checking out the females facebook to see if they are single, rich, looking for boyfriend, sad, adventurous… and especially “older” women that are alone because these are usually the most generous.
They start with sweet introductions, then video chats, then start pestering for the women to visit. ALmost all say and do the same things. It is a planned scam, and there are people they call “uncle” who often have homes/rooms somewhere for them to stay. Women believe the “uncles” are family, but they are not. They are mafia. Helping control the “business” in Merzouga….