Let me turn the spotlight today on a often controversial part of a private investigator’s business. It is the practice of baiting a spouse or a partner who is suspected of being a serial philanderer. Readers will be familiar with this kind of sting in reality shows on Indian television in the past most notably on UTV Bindass. In this service, the private detective agency will provide pictures of trained investigators (both male and female) and the client will choose the one that he / she believes will be most likely to attract the spouse. The chosen investigator whom we will refer to as bait for the rest of this article wears a hidden camera and visits an area that the target is known to frequent. The bait will not approach the target but will be open to his / her advances.
Due to the obviously sensitive and volatile nature of such stings, we as an agency do not actively service such requests from clients though there are other detective agencies in the market who are known to offer this service.
The Sting Operation
If the encounter takes place inside a restaurant or a bar, the bait will sit nearby and order food and drinks. If the subject approaches the bait, the bait will usually respond in a natural manner without being overtly attentive. After a certain amount of time, our bait will try to make eye contact or smile at the subject. If the client’s husband or wife who is being tested, does not approach the bait and act or talk seductively to our bait then he / she has passed the test. If he / she does respond, then every word, action and expression are recorded for the client to view. In the past, most sting operations of such kind were traditionally targeted at men but with women coming into full expression in the modern world, women are also now subjected to such operations by their partners.
There are many ethical issues attached to something like this. Most naysayers see this as a setup and feel it is unfair to present targets with an attractive, available person and then film their natural response. Others who are all for this kind of operations feel that most working professionals or otherwise are anyways presented with opportunities to cheat on their spouses or girlfriends / boyfriends all the time. The investigation then is merely a way of settling all suspicions that the target is prone to cheat. Being a highly controversial subject, many investigators will steer clear of such operations. But I personally know many who make a living doing them!
Amit Sen is the founding partner of Alliance One – who are among the best infildety investigator in Mumbai specializing in providing thorough husband wife cheating investigations among other private and corporate investigation services. Amit is also a trained pilot and an aviator and likes to remain grounded on the days when he is not flying high!