A love rat is somebody who cheats someone of love and money. Actually such 'love rats' can be found all over the world in every single country. But why is it that Turkey - and to a certain extent, men from countries in the Middle East as well as South Asia - are especially well-known for this 'crime'?
And why is it that we seldom heard of male love rats from countries like the US, UK, Canada, Europe etc.?
My argument is that love rats are a by-product of societies in which income disparity prevails and where the majority of the people are prevented by immigration legislation to seek better-paid jobs in foreign countries.
1. The issue of poverty, unemployment and lack of opportunity
Many people who visit Turkey actually have very little idea about the socio-economic conditions of the country. Most people only spend a few weeks in Turkey and the places they visit are either big cities with plenty of tourist attractions, such as Istanbul or Antalya; one of the tourist places in Central and Eastern Anatolia, or on the country's western and south-western coast.
Most of the European tourists who visit Turkey - pardon me if I say this - are from the working-class background or the lower-middle class background in their home countries. They visit Turkey on an all-inclusive package holiday, do not travel to different cities of Turkey during their visit, and spend most of their time staying within the confines of their holiday hotel or resorts. Many of them do not speak Turkish and do not bother to venture outside of the resort town at which they spend their holidays.
This means: the only Turkish they will ever come to meet are those who speak foreign languages and who work in the tourism industry, namely: hotel staffs, carpet shop/jewellery shop owners, travel agents, waiters, restaurant owners, etc. It is highly unlikely that they will ever meet any ordinary Turkish folk who is not working in any of the above professions, because ordinary Turkish people, who have not lived abroad before, do not usually have a good command of English or other major foreign languages. The presence of language barrier among ordinary Turks and most foreign visitors, coupled with the lack of opportunity for tourists to get to know locals who work outside the tourism business, explains in part the reason why most love rats stem from those who work in the tourism sector).