A website which offered single men courses in manipulating women into killing themselves and referred to them as “pets” and “prey” has been shut down and its operator detained by police in Jiangsu Province.
A 24-year-old man, surnamed Xu, was detained for five days and fined 50,000 yuan by police in Jiangsu province for fraud in the courses he posted online as a pickup artist.
The website contained blog posts and courses with names like “Encouraging Suicide” via emotional manipulation, “Keeping Her as a Pet” and “Crazy Extortion”, according to a police statement posted on Weibo.
The latter course taught men how to pretend to be successful and accomplished in order to “seduce inexperienced women into giving them money and material goods”, while other courses advised men on how to use physical violence to conquer women into submission.
A screenshot of a WeChat conversation posted on the website showed a man bragging that he “wanted women to kill themselves to prove they loved [him], as [he] really liked the feeling of thin women killing themselves because of [him]”.
The police said the teaching courses and their related chat groups had been “completely wiped out”.
Pickup artists have been a growing phenomenon in China in recent years, with their services sought out by single men who have trouble finding a romantic partner.
Numerous pickup artist training centres and online courses costing thousands of yuan have flourished, promising to teach socially inept and romantically inexperienced men how to seduce women.
Last year, Chinese internet giant Tencent shut down social media accounts and messaging groups associated with the pickup artist organisation “Enjoy Girls Legion” after The Beijing News revealed its members had used the techniques to emotionally abuse more than 20 women.