You can only trust a dead man

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April 4, 2011 – Amnuaiporn Maneewan imparts the wisdom of her more than 15 years working as a private detective in Thailand: “The only man you can trust is a dead one.

“If they’re still alive, still breathing, then you can’t trust them,” she says.

With her James Bond-inspired gadgets including spy cameras and tapping devices, Amnuaiporn specialises in digging up evidence to expose cheating spouses for a law firm in Bangkok.

The 42-year-old has become a master at tailing the unfaithful, catching them in compromising situations with the use of tiny cameras and recording equipment hidden in pens, car keys, buttonholes and even calculators.

Her work has made her a minor celebrity in Thailand, where having a “mia noi” or “little wife” on the side of a marriage is seen almost as a right by some.

This “mistress detective” says that there are more and more extra-curricular affairs in the country.

“It’s just increasing the whole time; it’s not slowing down at all. Now, they don’t just have one mistress, they have two or three mistresses,” Amnuaiporn said. 

Unsurprisingly then, business has never been better. Three or four new clients, mostly women between the ages of 20 and 60, contact her every day.

Government officials are apparently particularly likely to have mistresses, traditionally exploiting their positions to net minor wives.

“They have their status, they have power, they have money. It’s quite easy for them to pay for another woman,” said Ronnachai Kongsakol, psychiatry professor at Ramathibodi hospital in Bangkok.

Panaa had been living with her partner for seven years when she found out he was secretly seeing another woman. She tracked down the suspected mistress and confronted her, only to be faced with a surprising revelation.

Her rival produced a marriage certificate that proved she was actually married to Panaa’s partner — meaning Panaa was the mistress.

“I was shocked as I never thought that I would be the mistress. I never had any idea. I thought I was morally superior but it turned out I wasn’t at all,” said Panaa, who asked that her real name be withheld.

While she did not need a detective to reveal the scandal, many people do seek help to find the truth.

“If there was no one like me, these people would have to suffer for a long time. Me, my job, helps people to open their eyes. I let them see the truth,” said Amnuaiporn.

She has even produced her own book — “The Private Eye: They ask me to investigate adultery” — which is billed as the first in-depth account of the work of a female private detective.

Featuring images of her in various disguises she uses for work — including a native American Indian outfit complete with feathered headdress — the book includes true stories from her years tracking the unfaithful.

In one instance she was hired by a wealthy man who suspected his wife was straying.

When he pretended to go on a business trip, his wife lost no time in meeting a man and going with him to a “short stay hotel”, with Amnuaiporn and the husband in hot pursuit.

He banged on the door of the illicit couple’s room and confronted the wife’s lover, who claimed to be alone.

After a search of several nearby rooms, Amnuaiporn and the husband found the wife stuck to the wall of an adjoining balcony “like a gecko”.

The book also reveals basic tips on how to tell whether your partner is about to stray, such as a sudden upturn in their grooming and unexpected business trips to other parts of the country.

While Amnuaiporn’s career has brought her excitement, her constant exposure to infidelity has given her little desire to settle down.

“I am afraid that I will face the same problems I’ve seen. I think it’s good to stay single,” she said.

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  • jm

    this guy is growing senile. needs to quit television.

  • Ellah Adinda

    This
    is the most stupid insulting argument I have ever come across in my
    entire life. The little boy saw in her mum a beautiful creature who has
    sacrificed her time, body, money, energy, strength and her all at the
    expense of her physical beauty to ensure
    that the family needs are met. The unappreciative man only thinks of
    himself and is blind to all that the woman has given him. He carried
    your children in her womb for nine good months bearing the consequences
    that comes with the hormonal changes; without worrying about the effect
    on her physical beauty; she offered her breasts to be suckled by your
    kids therefore nurturing them without worrying that after breastfeeding,
    the breasts shrink, loose their firmness and sags. She sleeps less when
    the kids are young, waking up every now and then to attend to your
    children without worrying that lack of enough sleep has a negative
    effect on one’s physical appearance besides draining one’s energy. She
    worries more when your kids are sick and would probably loose an
    appetite over a mere fever on your kids. She sacrifices her food when
    there aint enough for everybody so that your children and even you the
    man can at-least have something. A woman would sacrifices money for
    salon or boutique so that her family do not go hungry while the man
    would choma nyama (barbeque) in a pub and through drinks to friends
    without a thought of what his children eats or wear. Yet when your
    physical beauty fades as a result of what you have sacrificed, the man
    goes for a mpango wa kando (Extra marital affairs). I would say Pat
    Robertson, you need to grow up and have some respect for the woman. When I
    see a rugged shabby looking woman; I respect her more because I know
    she has sacrificed more.

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