By now the Chinese sex story scam is almost a stereotype. If you’ve been to China outside of a student tour, or some other highly structure travel, then you know: Sex is often a tool for business in China, a means to an illustrious and successful end (for the schemers that is), and the range of its use is not restricted to protocol. In fact, among Americans there are many stereotypes that have come to the surface because of some of the Chinese sex story traps you’ll read about below.
Common Chinese sex scams to watch for, some more dangerous than others:
All of these are true Chinese sex stories, without names and places, provided here to serve as a warning for businessmen who travel to China.
1) The American (it could happen to anyone, but our story was told to us by an American) businessman goes to China to source product, and is offered sex as an amenity. Typically, this China sex business strategy isn’t as dangerous, if the businessman is doing long term business, but nonetheless, sex, is used to “build trust and lower barriers” so better business can be facilitated. What does that mean? Sometimes nothing. But in this case, there is an implied feeling of obligation, and also the potential for blackmail exists, in all the ways you could imagine (some we’ll mention below). The story we heard was fairly uneventful, and ended without incident (disease transmission, legal trouble, etc.). But, the deal went through just as it was expected to, without argument from the sourcing agent (so, in a way he was tacitly bought off here). And ultimately, the businessmen had an exotic China sex story to tell.
2) A foreigner comes over to China to teach, or do some other business, and visits a Chinese massage shop. Now, this one is dangerous, because of the sheer desperation the situation evokes. In fact, the source of this information is a leader (Chinese national) of a university department who tells every single incoming foreign teacher: the massage shops in China are fronts for sex business. Do not go, period. If you go, and get disease, or worse, we are not responsible. And what’s more, there are many other short-term risks to paying for sex in a Chinese massage shop. The prostitutes are talented. Very talented, and almost no man can resist. In fact, everyone that I know who goes cannot resist the illicit proposition. But once the act is done, the woman leaves and comes back with a manager who has a video of the act.
Of course, a video of anyone having sex with a prostitute is bad enough, but it gets worse. Then the woman claims rape. The foreigner standing there shaking, hears that the woman feels she was raped. And that’s when the police are called (who are usually in on this China sex scam), and they explain the consequences. Here’s where the deal is pitched. Give us X amount of money, or you will go to jail in China for raping this woman. We have the video. Now, what do you think the foreigner does. And, just hope he doesn’t have a family.
3) An American businessman finds Chinese love on the internet. The woman entices him to come to China to marry. He is so smitten he goes to China three or four times in order to bring her back. She comes to the USA with him and it takes a year or two to establish, with paperwork, etc. She patiently waits and establishes connections in a large metro area, where she soon escapes (working in a Chinese massage shop).
4) A powerful Chinese figure (within the government/corporation, etc.–often the two are intermingled) want something. A beautiful woman delivers a bundle of cash, and disappears. The implications of the offer don’t even register in the brain before a primordial emotional response occurs (sex appeal and money) and seals the deal.
Sex and beauty are often manipulated for business purposes in China—way more than in the USA, and other countries more (or rather wholly) focused on skill competency (in conjunction with anti-discrimination laws). As a subtle reminder: On your next flight to China, compare your U.S. and China airline attendants, or notice the sales people and how attractive they are. The U.S. played into the same sexually influenced business ethos decades ago, until feminism shook us to our senses. And of course, some industries are still susceptible to sexually provocative flattery (pharmaceuticals, etc.), without the sheer volume of sexual propositions one might find while doing business in China.
Thoughts, comments? Other stories to share?
Disclaimer: Of course, these are all stereotypes, and can probably be said about many places in the world–some places here in the USA too. It is also prudent to note that prostitution in China is considered illegal, which gives many of these sex scams even sharper fangs when the victim realizes what a hard spot and a rock they stand between once exposed (especially when official corruption may be involved.)