Infidelity and cheating – the role of private detectives around the world


China’s bigamy & adultery consultants

In China, private detectives are illegal, because in 1993 the Ministry of Public Security issued a ban prohibiting any form of investigation conduct by private organisations or individuals. At the same time, China’s divorce rate has been growing exponentially and extramarital affairs are cited in 73% of marriage breakdowns. So how do the cheaters get caught?

First and foremost, Chinese courts view infidelity seriously and as a result, a wronged partner can do well in the divorce proceedings if they can prove their husband or wife has been unfaithful. This means that ‘marriage consultants’ – a euphemism for private investigators into infidelity – make a good living in China’s major cities. To gain evidence of misdeeds, Chinese marital investigators may hide up trees, break into hotel rooms and even camp out near holiday cabins. There’s one little wrinkle to the story. Filmed or taped evidence is not enough – the courts require that the wronged partner in the marriage be present while the evidence is gained. Yes, that’s right, the husband or wife of the cheater has to be in the room while the adulterer is caught, otherwise the guilty partner can charge the detective with breaking and entering or bullying. The client must also carry their marriage certificate on them while the operation is taking place. This means every investigative team also has to contain several bodyguards to protect the client while on the job. That’s certainly not a technique that we’d want to get involved in!

British bigamist uncovered by private detective

Closer to home, wine merchant David Jones has been revealed as a bigamist after his new wife, Wendy Lee, became suspicious of his behaviour. They were wed in September 2015 and family soon after Ms Lee felt that her husband’s behaviour was evasive and so she hired a private investigator to get to the bottom of the problem. He discovered that Mr Jones was already married and had been so for 13 years! At that point, when the case became a criminal matter, Ms Lee was advised to inform the local constabulary and Essex Police launched an investigation which led to him being arrested on suspicion of bigamy.

Mr Jones has been give a suspended sentence after admitting that he should have divorced his first wife before marrying again. It’s not clear whether he was carrying out a relationship with both women at the same time. Bigamy is an incredibly rare criminal offence, with just 31 reported convictions in the last year for which there are national statistics, 2011.

If you have concerns about the behaviour of your partner, a professional private detective like can help uncover the facts swiftly and with complete discretion.