Who's the Victim? Rebecca Is One of a Growing Number of 'Honeytrap' Women Who Earn Their Living Tempting Husbands for Suspicious Wives. Morally Wrong or Merely Exposing Cheats? You Decide
Byline: DIANA APPLEYARD
THEY are women with the power to make or break marriages.
Honeytraps are paid by increasing numbers of suspicious wives and girlfriends to act as forbidden fruit for their partners. One wrong move and it could mean the end of their relationship. While some would argue the men bring about their own downfall, others will feel it's an underhand way to test a man's fidelity. Rebecca Jones, 23, is a honeytrap for London-based private detective agency, Expedite.
She is single and lives in Battersea, South London. Here, she tells DIANA APPLEYARD her story.
TO KNOW that I can alter the course of two people's lives irrevocably is a massive responsibility, but I know that what I do is justified - even though some people will think it is morally wrong.
Most women who hire a honeytrap are not suspicious wives who think their husbands are cheating - they are women on the verge of making a commitment, such as moving in with a man or getting engaged, and they want to make sure he's not the type to stray.
Sadly, in my experience, all too often they have good reason for thinking their men would be unfaithful. Around 70 per cent of our cases are caught out by a honeytrap.
I got into this line of work while I was at university studying English Literature. It's not something I even knew existed. I was brought up in Surrey - my dad's a policeman and mum is a housing officer - and I wanted to work in the media.
But I was in a bar one night about two years ago when Richard, who runs the detective agency, came up and asked if I would work for him as a honeytrap.
My first reaction was to laugh, but he told me he was genuinely offering me work, so I said I'd think about it.
I was intrigued. The next day, I checked out his company on the internet and it all seemed above board. Plus, at [pounds sterling]50 a night - and most jobs take less than an hour - I thought it would be a great way to earn a bit of extra cash.
But I was worried what I would be doing could be classed as entrapment.
Leading a man on and forcing him to do something wouldn't be fair. I rang Richard, who put my mind at rest.
Honeytraps do not force anyone to do anything - all we do is put ourselves in a position where a man can chat us up - it's up to him to make the running. If he's not interested, we don't push him.
I talked to my parents who, like me, had reservations about my safety - and about the morality of it. As a policeman, my dad was concerned that what I was doing might be illegal, but there are strict regulations about covert and overt recordings and surveillance.
I reassured them I would never be put at risk - Richard is close by at all times, and we're always in a public place.
Interestingly, my friends' reactions were mixed - female friends said 'Go for it!', but my male friends thought it unfair to test other men in such an underhand way. As far as I'm concerned, if they're guilty, I've saved that female client heartache in the future.
I trained with Richard at his office for a couple of weeks, rehearsing situations and learning how to work the recording equipment. As I am always in his sight, we also practised hand signals I could use to alert him to problems.
Richard has about six girls like me on his books, all of us part-time models. We're all in our late 20s and early 30s, because that is the age most of the men we're looking to 'trap' go for.
FIRST, we identify the guy.
Richard always comes with me, often with another member of staff. They sit away from us, and he takes subtle photographs of what's going on, often with a pinhole camera concealed in his shirt collar.
This takes five frames a second, so it's almost like a continuous film. In the case of one guy, Richard had clear pictures of his hand on my bottom, so his wife had the photographic evidence. …