Do you love drama? Meddling in other people’s business? Building intimate friendships with others while assuming an entirely false identity, all the while being driven by an ulterior motive that they’ll never learn about until it’s much too late? Well, then, do we have a career path you’ll be interested in learning about.
On Friday, the New York Times reported on a booming industry in China known as “mistress-dispelling.” Think of the service as Uber but for Lifetime-movie-esque plotlines come to life. When women discover that their husband is cheating, they can hire a mistress dispeller to “subtly infiltrate the mistress’s life, winning her friendship and trust in an attempt to break up the affair.” Did I mention that fees for these services can start at $45,000 per client?
Here’s how it all goes down, per the Times:
“Once we figure out what type of mistress she is — in it for money, love or sex — we draw up a plan,” Mr. Shu [the director of Weiqing International Marriage Hospital Emotion Clinic Group] said.
The counselor might move into the mistress’s apartment building or start working out at her gym, getting to know her, becoming her confidante and eventually turning her feelings against her partner. Sometimes, the counselor finds her a new lover, a job opening in another city or otherwise convinces her to leave the married man. Weiqing and other agencies said its counselors were prohibited from becoming intimately involved with the mistress or from using or threatening violence.
Time for these companies to open a U.S. branch.