A DJ has spoken out against a terrifying trend where straight men pretend to be gay, so they can ‘exploit and lure intoxicated women into unsafe situations’ after a group of predators at Mardi Gras targeted her.
The music producer, who goes by the stage name Beks, said she had been out dancing alone at the annual festival in Sydney on February 25.
She revealed she was ambushed by a group of men pretending to be gay so they could get closer to women, with the experience leaving her traumatised.
Beks said she was just one of several women who had been approached by the men with security guards refusing to do anything after she complained to them.
A DJ has lashed out at straight men pretending to be gay so they can hit on women after she was preyed on by a group at Mardi Gras
‘I was dancing on my own, and these four guys came up to me as a pack,’ she said.
‘And one of them said to me, “Oh, do you want to dance?” I said I only dance with gay guys.’
‘Now, the reason why I had to say this is because I wasn’t getting a gay vibe from him. He said, “I’m not gay, but my best friend is”.’
Beks said it quickly became apparent the man was lying to her.
‘So I looked at his best friend, and his best friend was staring at a woman who was sexually expressing herself in a very liberated way,’ she said.
‘The pack drew their attention to this one girl, all four of them focusing on her, and one of the guys grabbed her and pulled her into the circle.
‘I started filming the guys. One of the guys realised I was filming them so he started dancing with his, like, arm up.’
Beks said she quickly took action as she became terrified over the thought of what they might do to other women.
‘I told the security guys. I followed these guys just to make sure they weren’t going to prey on any intoxicated women,’ she said.
‘They were looking for other women that were intoxicated, and I’m just f***ing sick and tired of people being exploited in these situations.
‘Like, this is Mardi Gras. Leave everybody alone. It is like one time of the year when like everybody is supposed to be safe.’
She revealed she was ambushed by a group of men pretending to be gay so they could get closer to women, with the experience leaving her traumatised
The music producer, who goes by the stage name Beks, said she had been out dancing alone at the annual festival in Sydney on February 25 (stock image)
Beks opened up on how the experience had led to many sleepless nights.
‘I’ve had trouble sleeping because I’m worried about what these guys, what women may have been prey to these guys at the end of the night,’ she said.
‘I have no tolerance for these grubs, these cockroaches that exploit humans, no matter who you are,’ she explained.
‘I just happened to be a queer woman who was in that space, and I think that it is absolutely disgraceful that people would pretend to be gay in order to exploit women.
Social media users shared their disgust at the group of men, saying they had been through similar experiences, exposing a worrying trend.
‘Omg, nothing has changed since the nineties… Still exactly the same this used to happen all the time back then… so disappointing.’
Another wrote: ‘Happened to me at a gay night club literally a couple of months ago.’
Beks told Daily Mail Australia she had been invited to Mardi Gras to perform a DJ set.
She had been dancing on her own against a boulevard while she waited for her girlfriend to also finish her music set.
She said the men approached her and their demeanour immediately raised red flags.
‘The youngest was about 17 years old, and the eldest was about 30,’ she said.
Beks said she told the security guard, but said her concerns were brushed aside.
‘These things happen,’ he said.
The comment prompted her to take matters into her own hands.
‘I watched them for 45 minutes, followed them through the crowd, and eventually they kind of moved away,’ she said.
Beks said the incident had been disheartening and the reaction online illustrated how common it was for women to be exposed to predatory behaviour.
She said she wished to help people by sharing her story saying more work needed to be done to address the issue.
Beks opened up on how the experience had led to many sleepless nights