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Ending the affair

China’s cheating husbands fuel an industry of ‘mistress dispellers’

By Emily Feng and Charlotte Yang  /  NY TIMES NEWS SERVICE, BEIJING

“This kind of service won’t really bring a family back together,” said Liu Weimin, director of the Guangdong Province Marriage and Family Counselors Association, a professional organization based in Shenzhen. “These problems need to be solved between the husband and wife.”

Still, the companies say they are growing.

Last year, Weiqing said it had 10,000 clients, up from 8,000 the year before, while Kang, of Reunion, said he received about 175 inquiries a day, up from 96 a day last year. These numbers could not be independently confirmed.

Some mistress dispellers have begun to expand their operations overseas, mainly serving ethnic Chinese women living abroad. But Kang said he was preparing to start English-language services for non-Chinese clients in Europe and North America by opening a call center based in the Philippines or Malaysia.

“We began by servicing Chinese,” Kang said. “But we’ve discovered in the course of our work that it’s not just our own people who have these problems. Everyone does.”

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