Struggling models in the city have found a new way to make a quick buck. Hired by detective agencies, they are acting as ‘honey traps’ for those who suspect their partners to be disloyal.
Agencies who are approached by clients to conduct ‘loyalty tests’ on their partners say good looking models are well suited as baits’ to catch the errant ones with a glad eye. “We get at least 10-12 requests in a week from young people, married or in a relationship, to check if their partners are capable of two-timing. Many are college students, so we constantly require young, good looking guys and girls to plant as baits,” says Mukesh Sahotra of Impeccable Detectives in Vasant Kunj.Aakriti Khatri who runs Venus Detectives in Preet Vihar, says that professional models are usually entrusted cases of high-end clients. "For the young, affluent suspects, we hire well groomed, gorgeous models who are fluent in English, Facebook savvy and are comfortable going pub hopping. They get paid handsomely, with a single case fetching them Rs 40-50,000. Apart from that, we cover all expenses like phone, grooming and restaurant bills while they are on a case," she says.
Aspiring models, always struggling for work, are lapping up the opportunities. Part time model and student Anita Sharma who works for Impeccable Detectives, says, “I don’t have to put in much hard work. All arrangements are made by the agency. They fix up a place, give me a phone and foot all other bills. It’s like getting paid for hanging out with a person.”
Not all are in it for money. “I look at it as an adventure, it gives me a kick. I feel I’m doing something good by helping someone find out that their partner is a slimy cheat,” says model Natasha Suri. Detective agencies are particular about the safety of the models. “We put microphones on them and follow them. If the suspect tries to get intimate, we immediately barge in,” says Sahotra.
“They give fake identities and addresses. The phone number that they use is provided by us. We ensure that our undercover agent never gets clicked by the suspect,” says Khatri.(Some names have been changed) not all honey, you get trapped too These young people may be happy searning money but in the long run, it impacts their own view of a relationship. It may make them forever cynical about love and trust.
Dr Avdesh Sharma, psychiatrist
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