I’m currently researching family structure in utopian communes, and I’ve just come upon a peculiar late-60s system of proslytizing used by the cult ‘Children of God.’ It’s a way to transfer the hippie ideals of free love into Christianity, because God is Love, and any expression of it is holy:
Flirty Fishing was a subset of The Family’s love bombing activities and involved the use of sexual attraction and intercourse to win converts and favors. Female members were told to be “God’s whores” and “hookers for Jesus”, and soon after its launch as a method of witnessing, sex was given to complete strangers in combination with a request for a “donation”, or for a required fee in line with Escort Servicing (ESing) or freelance ESing. FFing and prostitution was widely used as a way to raise money for the cult and resulted in many of the second generation births (known as “Jesus Babies”). Internal Family records from 1988 indicate that over 223,000 “fish” were loved sexually between 1978 and 1988.
Here’s a short video from a documentary about it:
Below are some (NSFW) images: