Zhang Yufeng is a name scorned wives in China will most likely recognize.
Zhang has been in her “profession” since the 90’s, which makes it unsurprising that she’s earned herself the title “mistress killer.”
Like the thousands of women she has helped over the years, Zhang herself was cheated on by her husband, who admitted to committing adultery and asked for a divorce.
Zhang was torn to bits. She told Global Times:
“I curled up on the couch for a week [after my husband’s announcement]. When I finally went out, my hair had become gray and people said I looked as if I’d lost more than 10 kilograms.”
Zhang began tracking her husband’s whereabouts, eventually finding where he and his mistress lived. However, they moved after they were exposed and the stalking continued.
It was during these times when Zhang met an old woman who asked for help after learning that her son-in-law had a mistress. Worse, her daughter was suicidal.
Still dealing with her own issue, Zhang vowed to see the woman’s daughter after two days, but the worst had already come — the daughter had already killed herself. Since then, Zhang has known the purpose of her life. “I told the woman that I would ruthlessly exterminate those men.”
Zhang formally set up her business in 2003, naming it the Fire Phoenix Agency.
After years of operation, Zhang’s agency remains in-demand. She gets over 100 calls every day from women sharing the same experience.
The agency charges basic expenses, collects cheating evidence and in some arguably satisfying cases, attacks mistresses right where they’re caught. Zhang recalled her first transaction:
“We beat the woman into the middle of the street, causing a traffic jam. There were lots of people standing there, watching us beat the woman.”
Apparently, police at the time were oblivious, “The police officer told me that he ‘didn’t see what’s happening.’ When I heard this, I knew it’s OK. So I kept beating the mistress.”
The mistress-beating feature of Zhang’s business appears to be in close surveillance now, but the Beijing resident has a warning:
“Those who don’t dare to beat will develop diseases including esophageal cancer, uterine cancer, lung cancer.”
Gearing towards the successful filing of divorce suits, Zhang’s agency differs from other mistress-hunting businesses aiming to save endangered marriages.