In China, where divorce rates are soaring steadily, one company deploys “mistress hunters” to save endangered marriages.
Weiqing Group has 59 offices spread across China all working to keep families together. Founder Shu Xin counted 300 agents at his disposal, South China Morning Post said. He spoke of his mission:
“My goal is to prevent divorces. Every year we save some 5,000 couples.”
Most mistress hunters are female graduates of law, psychology or sociology. In roles that require three years of preparation, they are later sent to the field as babysitters, cleaners and neighbors, among others.
A hunter for three years, 47-year-old Ming Li said mistresses listen to her, as she’s generally older. She stressed the importance of establishing rapport:
“If the mistress goes to a park, to the supermarket or to work, I’ll happen to meet her. And even if she is a stay-at-home sort of person, I can claim I’ve got a leak in my apartment and ask for her help. We always find a way to initiate contact.”
She also recounted pretending as a fortune-teller:
“One time, I pretended to be a fortune-teller, and the mistress asked me to tell hers. Obviously, I already knew all about her from the wife, so it was easy to leave her dumbfounded and exhort her to leave the husband. It was one of our most quickly resolved cases.”
Meanwhile, another woman, Mrs. Wang, used Weiqing’s service after realizing her husband was cheating for years. Instead of divorcing, she paid between 400,000 and 500,000 yuan ($60,000 to $75,000) for a mistress hunter who was able to push the mistress out of the relationship.
However, becoming a mistress hunter is costly. Shu explained that Chinese mistresses are often pampered by rich husbands, so for hunters to succeed, they need resources to get closer to their targets.
Shu said it’s a risky business model, as they have to repay the entire amount if the hunters fail.