Brisk Business for China's Female Bodyguards, Spies

Female bodyguards are increasingly sought after in China, according to the :

Among ’s burgeoning wealthy elite, women make up a third of the country’s millionaires.

With resentment building over the widening gap between rich and poor, many of these women are now seeking personal protection.

Successful Wen Cui founded Guodun, a personal security business, to cater to this .

She branched out from the more sedate world of running a chain of kindergartens ….

She says that female clients prefer women to their often burly male counterparts as they draw less attention – and scandal.

Asahi Shimbun, meanwhile, reports that a “wide network of female spies” operates on China’s behalf, sometimes under heavy coercion:

In November 2010, another high-ranking official approached Shao and pressed her to obtain internal information from a military attache posted at a European embassy in . She was involved in a relationship with the attache.

She again refused, and over her intensified, she said.

Shao also said she was threatened: “You will be run over by a car ….”

“I cannot forgive the military, which should be protecting the people, for abusing its power to pressure an individual citizen,” Shao said.

Taiwanese general Lo-Hsein Che was given a life sentence earlier this year after apparently falling prey to a Chinese honey trap, while cables revealed that a number of Chinese officials had been caught in return. More recently, Canadian MP Bob Dechert drew fire for flirtatious email exchanges with a Xinhua reporter whom many reports suggested was acting as a spy.

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