Editor’s Note: This Xinhua article details a new, strikingly commercial version of a controversial social phenomenon increasingly widespread in China: mistresses. Many wealthy married men cannot resist the temptation to find a young mistress, and many young girls cannot resist the allure of the material comfort these men can offer. This article discusses the appearance of online agencies introducing hopeful mistresses-to-be.
The recent appearance of online “College Concubine Agencies” has shocked China’s internet community. These “agencies” claim to represent nearly all universities in Beijing and Shanghai, and even provide convenient pricing guides.
Online posts have incited hot debates and many netizens are arguing about whether this is progress or a sign of society’s decline. Not long ago, Beijing police department investigators unraveled the case of the “College Concubine Agency,” which began when the agency’s mysterious “Professor Chen” began posting ads online.
Online “Mistress Agency”: Prices put on Female College Students
Rates for Beijing Mistress Agencies are a shocking 100,000 to 650,000 RMB! The sudden appearance of ads for “Mistress Agencies” has rapidly become an intense topic of discussion for Chinese netizens across the country.
A study by “China Online“ journalists found that these ads are posted in picture format, containing a business card and an A4-sized piece of paper. Business cards for one “Mistress Agency” stated, “Representing all Shanghai Universities.” “Classmate Ding” of Shanghai University of Finance and Economics “ was listed as the contact person. Under Classmate Ding’s cell and email were the words, “If You Are the One,” the name of a popular Chinese dating show.
An A4-sized sheet of paper underneath the business card contained a detailed price sheet categorized by school type: top universities, average universities and art schools. Shanghai Theatre Academy, Shanghai Normal University and 12 other universities were listed. “Processing” fees ranged from the pricier 300,000 to 500,000 RMB to the more economical 20,000 to 30,000 RMB per year.
Underneath the price sheet, a note from classmate Ding assures potential customers, “Student cards are provided for currently enrolled students, and we can test students for advanced math and/or calculus levels, Level 4-6 spoken English and translation skills, and other academic abilities based on your requests. We provide diplomas for college graduates whose authenticity you can verify on the Ministry of Education website.”
Another company’s post was nearly identical, only changing the first line of the business card to, “Representative for all Beijing Universities” and switching “Classmate Ding” to “Professor Chen, Beijing Institute of Technology Foreign Languages Institute.” The post listed “standard prices” for girls at Peking University, Tsinghua University, Renmin University, and 14 other top universities and art schools. For a Tsinghua University girl, annual fees ranged from 400,000 to 600,000 RMB. Yearly rates for a girl from the Central Academy of Theater were listed at 450,000 to 650,000 RMB.
“What a load of trash! Shameless!” were the words of one commenter. User “City Hunter” only commented, “Speechless.” User “thgh” said, “How can 5,000 years of cultural history have no impact on modern Chinese people?”
Investigators: Prying Open the “Concubine Agency”
“We discovered some of these posts this March while surfing online,” Yang Jianhua, the head of the investigation stated. “One was posted by someone calling himself a university professor. If this was really a professor introducing students as mistresses, that’s obviously a serious ethical problem.” The case immediately attracted the police department’s attention.
First, the Beijing police conducted investigations on 14 university campuses, searching for the mysterious “Professor Chen.” He was nowhere to be found.
The police managed to obtain a secretly filmed video in which “Professor Chen” appeared as a middle-aged man wearing glasses. “Professor Chen” said that his “customers” are all “successful people” he came across as they registered for classes. He then unabashedly says, “Yearly prices range from 50,000 to 650,000 RMB. We can discuss the exact price after you have met with the girls in person.”
Investigators were eventually able to pinpoint Professor Chen’s address and real information. Because Professor Chen had stated that female college students were continuously coming to him to apply for positions, the police decided to closely monitor his activities. For several consecutive days, he just holed up at home. No one contacted him.
On April 1, the police summoned Professor Chen to their office. During the interrogation which ensued, Professor Chen refused to admit to or even discuss anything related to the online posts, claiming he had been framed. When the police asked him why he would meet with the so-called “job candidates” he replied, “I just meet with them to make friends and start looking for a marriage partner.“
According to police reports, “Professor Chen” is an unemployed 45-year-old divorcé living in Beijing. Investigators discovered that his apartment was covered in “pretty lady” magazines. “At least 10 stacks of them, each over a meter high. Some of the girls’ pictures had even been carefully cut out.”
Police also found nude photographs of girls on his computer and camera. “Professor Chen” claimed that the girls in the pictures were his ex-girlfriends and that this type of photography was just a “personal hobby.”
Currently, “Professor Chen” is being held for suspicion of crimes including coercing others into prostitution. Police did not find any college students involved in these activities during the course of the investigation. However, this is not an isolated case and reports about similar scandals have been widely publicized both in China and abroad. The real mystery that remains is: how rampant are such cases and can the police truly stamp out such a business and protect young, female college students?
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Lets face it .. prostitution has been around for a long time.. in one way or the other. Selling the body, selling your time, even your skills (job) is also a kind of prostitution. Work for money, what is different ? Some work with the hands, some work with the head (brain) and some work with other parts of their body. Fact is that the slavery has not ended. What has changed is just that food was changed to money.
Also, it is said that if China would not have prostitution, the economy would collapse. Let me explain this ..
Every city has thousands of protitutes or misstresses, high class prostitutes etc. They could be either unemployed or earn money. If they earn money they will of course spend money which is good for the economy. If you stop prostitution (which will never happen) , it would have an substantial impact on the economy. So, better hands of here. I am a promoter of prostitution. That might sound bad, but listen carefully,,
In Germany prostitution is leagal. Hookers have a health card and have to go to health checks every 2 weeks. Upon engaging their services, you ask for their heath card and check if she is healthy. They even have a university there for hookers and in fact you can study to become a hooker. Lessons taught are first aid, sexual deseases and how to recognize them, belly and strip dance, management of an establishment and many things more.
By the way, they are booked out and waiting time is about 3 to 4 years to study there. The ages of the students reach from 18 to 65 years.
The prostitutes there pay taxes too. Certainly something to think about.
May 19, 2011 03:01 Report Abuse
i think well aware of that still they choose prostitution .i dont think we should interfere in their business..everyone should be free to choose his/her profession，unless it does harm public order (i dont think prostitution is any evil thing）。 in fact if there were no prostitutes , cases of rapes would skyrocket.
china should follow germany .
but no one should force others to prostitution ,those who do so deserver death penalty.
May 19, 2011 06:59 Report Abuse
even though i heard about some girl students engaging in such biz when i was in uni, i still cant believe that it has become so rampant. the girls were not necessarily financially poor. they just enjoyed the feeling of being droven around in a BMW or Benz car and lots of materials that others couldnt afford. many of those girls were well-educated undergraduates from well-known universities.
May 19, 2011 02:13 Report Abuse
Nowhere in this situation does it involve the subjugation or degradation of women. Hello!!! These women are actively seeking out such agencies, it's not like they would just happen to stumble across something like that when searching for a recipe on the internet, or doing a spot of clothes shopping on the high street. It's not even a question of complicity or willingness...these women have just as much responsibility as the men paying for them. They are university students meaning they are educated and know what they are doing (in theory anyway).
I myself feel more sorry for the men buying. They are obviously suffering from psychological (possible mental) health problems and instead of buying girls for the occasional bit of attention should be seeking professional help.
Naughty girls leave those poor men alone you re fuelling their addictions encouraging there insecurities and breaking families at the same time.
May 18, 2011 23:39 Report Abuse
The Degradation of Women anywhere have collective complicity. The originator of this, a supposedly Mr. Chen was tracked down to his apartment and interviewed by the police. As it turned out, he was a jobless divorced man probably setting up the web-site to entrap man. I would not even begin to believe that even motivated person from prestigious university would disclose their indentity for the purpose of being in the List in the stable....anyway, the kettle cannot taut that the pot is black...look at this that e-chinacities allowed to be puiblished from a supposedly Singapore Chinese man called steven < firstname.lastname@example.org>. Steven have the callousness to solicit sex on the cheap. This Steven as it turned out was not a Singaporean and just looking for a cheap entertainment. I would not be surprised that he would end up as Professor Chen...busted and strung up with pent up libido albeit a frustrated one.
....bottom line...i do not believe this mistress for hire is what it supposedly represent to be but an entrapment scam for both some unsuspecting men and a few unsuspecting yet equally foolish young ladies.
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May 18, 2011 22:14 Report Abuse
Earthworm, you made me smile. Do you know what mistresses mean? Not that someone you fxxk in a salon with pink lights (quoted your words) once or twice when you have the mood, but someone you probably rent a place to live with for some period of time. Who would put the mistress in the same house with his wife, having her done the chores in the daily life and fuck at night? Well, unless the couple is in an extremely open relationship. The story is simple. The man acting an agent pimped out the young girls for horny and rich men for longer use. The girls might be a little bit better than hookers, because they are supposed to serve one customer only. (But who knows what they do when the man is not around, saying, staying home with his wife and children.) And it is not the agent's responsibility to cover the man's ass, meaning, the man has to find his own way to hide the mistress from his family if he really wants to pay for this special service.
May 18, 2011 18:39 Report Abuse
I don't get it, are the girls just acting as high-class fxxk jars, or do they have to do things like cooking, cleaning etc? And since this is so highly publicized, how do the wives not find out?
This seems creepier than even the salons with pink lights...
May 18, 2011 17:13 Report Abuse