The term is derived from Matthew 4:19 from the New Testament, in which Jesus tells two fishermen that he will make them «fishers of men». The Children of God practised flirty fishing and escort servicing from 1974 until 1987, when it was officially abandoned, in part dating fishing of the AIDS epidemic.
The Chinese sect known as Eastern Lightning has been known to entice people into joining by offering them sexual favors. Archived from the original on 2012-03-25. Archived from the original on 2007-01-02. 3,000 times more effective than conventional forms of proselytizing.
Archived from the original on 2008-05-01. Archived from the original on 2007-01-03. China cult targeted as ‘doomsday’ nears». Archived from the original on 2013-02-01. Escaping a Free Love Legacy: Children of God sect hopes it can overcome sexy image». A fishing weir, fish weir, fishgarth or kiddle is an obstruction placed in tidal waters, or wholly or partially across a river, to direct the passage of, or trap fish.
The word weir comes from the Anglo-Saxon wer, one meaning of which is a device to trap fish. A line of stones dating to the Acheulean in Kenya may have been a stone tidal weir in a prehistoric lake, which if true would make this technology older than modern humans. In medieval Europe, large fishing weir structures were constructed from wood posts and wattle fences. V-shaped structures in rivers could be as long as 60 m and worked by directing fish towards fish traps or nets.