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Film exposes shady industry of pickup artists

The Pickup Game shows how pickup artists secretly film the women they hit on to demonstrate their seduction techniques to their students.
The Pickup Game shows how pickup artists secretly film the women they hit on to demonstrate their seduction techniques to their students.PHOTO: IWONDER

The Pickup Game, a documentary debuting on the streaming service iwonder tomorrow, lifts the lid on a billion-dollar business: the coaching industry run by so-called "pickup artists", who promise to teach men how to manipulate women into bed.

These coaches ply their trade all over the world at seminars and boot camps where students pay US$1,000 (S$1,360) to US$3,000 each.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on September 23, 2020, with the headline 'Film exposes shady industry of pickup artists'. Print Edition | Subscribe