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The mistress detective

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‘‘The only man you can trust is a dead one," says Amnuaiporn Maneewan, who has become famous for catching men who are cheating on their wives. 

Amnuaiporn Maneewan, 42, demonstrates a spy camera disguised as a fountain pen. AFP


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The mistress detective

Amnuaiporn Maneewan does not have a very high opinion of men.

‘‘The only man you can trust is a dead one,’’ she says. ‘‘If they’re still alive, still breathing, then you can’t trust them.’’

Actually, Ms Amnuaiporn’s attitude towards men is not surprising since she has spent the last 15 years digging up evidence against men who are cheating on their wives.

She has become quite well known for her use of James Bond-inspired gadgets like tiny cameras and recording equipment hidden in pens, car keys and buttonholes.

The so-called ‘‘mistress detective’’ said extramarital affairs are increasing.

‘‘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,’’ Ms Amnuaiporn said.

‘‘It’s like a fashion. It’s normal. No man leaves the house without a mistress.’’

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.

And it’s not just Thai men who are tempted to stray, Ms Amnuaiporn says.

Ms Amnuaiporn estimates that three out of 10 calls are now from suspicious husbands.

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-time hotel, with Ms Amnuaiporn and the husband in hot pursuit.

The husband 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, Ms Amnuaiporn and the husband found the wife stuck to the wall of an adjoining balcony ‘‘like a gecko’’.

As for herself, 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.’’
 
Adapted from an AFP story in today's Bangkok Post by Janesara Fugal.

demonstrate – to show something and explain how it works สาธิต
spy – to secretly collect and report information จารกรรม
disguise – to change the way something appears so that people will not recognise what it is ปลอมแปลง
mistress – a woman who is having a sexual relationship with a married man ภรรยาลับ, ภรรยาน้อย, เมียน้อย
detective – a person employed by somebody to find out information about somebody/something; a person, especially a police officer, whose job is to examine crimes and catch criminals นักสืบ; ผู้สืบสวน
opinion – your feelings or thoughts about somebody/something, rather than a fact ความเห็น, ความคิดเห็น, ทัศนคติ
trust – to believe someone is honest, fair, and reliable  เชื่อใจ, ไว้วางใจ
attitude – someone’s opinions or feelings about something, especially as shown by their behaviour ทัศนคติ, ลักษณะท่าทาง
evidence – facts statements or objects that help to prove whether or not someone has done something wrong หลักฐาน
cheat – to have a secret sexual relationship with somebody else นอกใจ, มีชู้
inspire – to give someone the idea for a piece of work ทำให้เกิด บันดาลใจให้
gadget – a small tool or piece of equipment that does something useful or impressive   อุปกรณ์ขนาดเล็ก, กลไกขนาดเล็ก
buttonhole – a hole on a piece of clothing for a button to be put through  รังดุม
extramarital affair – a sexual relation outside of marriage, involving someone who is already married
client – a customer or someone who receives services ลูกค้า
tempt – to make people want to do or have something ล่อใจ,ยั่วใจ
stray – to behave in a way that is not correct or proper หลงทาง
estimate – to say what you think an amount or value is or will be, either by using available information or by guessing คาดคะเน
suspicious – having a feeling that something bad is probably true or likely to happen สงสัย
wealthy – having a large amount of money, land, and other valuable things   ที่มั่งคั่ง ร่ำรวย
suspect – to believe that something is true, especially something bad  สงสัย
pretend – to behave as if something is true when you know that it is not, especially in order to deceive people แกล้งทำว่าเป็นจริง
lose no time – to do something very quickly or immediately
in hot pursuit – following somebody closely and determined to catch them การไล่ตามติดพัน
illicit – not approved of by the normal rules of society, especially involving sexual relations เรื่องชู้สาว
couple – two people who are married or are involved in a romantic relationship คุ่รัก
confront - to stand in front of someone in a frightening way เผชิญหน้า
claim – to say that something is true although it has not been proved and other people may not believe it อ้าง
search – looking somewhere or through something carefully in order to find something การค้นหา
stuck – fixed in a particular position or place ติด
adjoining – next to and connected to
balcony – a place where you can stand just outside an upper window. It sticks out from the wall of a building ระเบียง
gecko – a small lizard (= a type of reptile ) that lives in warm countries  ตุ๊กแก
constant – continuous; all the time ต่อเนื่อง
exposure –  the state of being put into a situation in which something harmful or dangerous might affect you การสัมผัส, การเปิดรับ
infidelity – a situation in which someone has sex with someone who is not their husband, wife, or partner การนอกใจ
desire – a strong wish to have or do something ความอยาก, ความประสงค์, ความต้องการ
settle down – to start to have a quieter way of life, living in one place, often by getting married ตั้งถิ่นฐาน
single – unmarried โสด

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