The Chinese have an interesting way of dealing with this. Cheating husbands have fueled a new industry in China.

Mistress-dispelling services, which are increasingly common in China’s larger cities like Shanghai and Guangzhou, specialize in ending affairs between married men and their extramarital lovers.

They are typically hired by a wife who has found out that her husband is having an affair. They coach a woman how to save her marriage, while encouraging the mistress to disappear. The fee,  which can start in the tens of thousands of dollars, is for infiltrating the mistress’s life, winning her friendship and trust in an attempt to break up the affair.

The services have appeared as China’s economy has created more successful businessmen, and as extramarital affairs have grown more common. Success gives a man greater opportunities and incentives to be unfaithful. They feel that status is having a young mistress.

One response to marital infidelity is divorce. But divorce an be costly, especially for women. Besides the social stigma that affects women, family property and finances in China tend to be registered in the husband’s name. A divorced women can find herself socially an outcast,        penniless and homeless.

So a wife, unwilling to go the route of a divorce, turns to a”mistress dispeller.”  Hopefully the mistress will leave him and he will never be the wiser…


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