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In espionage, a Sex Spy or
Sex Agent is a trap set to capture, kill or compromise an
enemy agent using sex as the lure.
There are many ways in which the technique can be used to
gain advantage. If the target is genuinely attached to
the person who seduces them, information can be obtained
over a long period the target may trust his or her
sex lover enough to reveal secrets, or may even change
their allegiance due to their emotional attachment. Even
if the target does not deliberately give information to
their sex lover, the lover may accidentally be given
opportunities to obtain it themselves. A long-term sex
spy relationship is not necessarily the goal, however
the spying technique can also be used to blackmail
those who later regret their actions. Incriminating
photographs can be an effective tool of coercion, for
example. Sometimes, the technique is nothing more than a
means of getting the target to lower their guard so that
they may be captured or killed, or getting them to go to
a location where this is more easily accomplished.
The most common employment of this technique is by women,
either female intelligence agents or (if the purpose is
simply to obtain material for blackmail) prostitutes.
Some intelligence agencies, particularly in the Soviet
bloc, are alleged to have specially cultivated agents for
this purpose. Not all traps are carried out by women,
however; sometimes, women are ensnared by male agents,
and sometimes, same-sex traps are used. (The latter were
particularly effective during times, or in countries,
where homosexuality was taboo, and the very fact that an
agent was homosexual was material suitable for
blackmail). Quite often, alcohol is involved, as any
inhibitions the target has will be reduced.
Sex Spying Examples
- Clayton J. Lonetree, an embassy guard in Moscow, was
entrapped by a female Soviet officer in 1987. He was then
blackmailed into handing over documents when he was
assigned to Vienna.
- Roy Rhodes, a US Army NCO serving at the US embassy in
Moscow, had a one-night stand (or was made to believe he
had) with a Soviet agent while drunk. He was later told
the agent was pregnant, and that unless he co-operated
with the Soviet authorities, this would be revealed to
- Irvin Scarbeck, a US diplomat, was entrapped by a
female Polish officer in 1961, and photographed in a
compromising position. He was blackmailed into providing
- Sharon Scranage, a CIA employee described by one source
as "shy, naive, country girl", was allegedly
seduced by Ghanaian spy agent Michael Soussoudis. She
later gave him information on CIA operations in Ghana,
which was later shared with Soviet-block countries.
- James J. Smith and William Cleveland, two FBI officers,
are alleged to have been seduced by Katrina Leung in
order to obtain information.
* Mordechai Vanunu, who had disclosed Israeli nuclear
secrets, began an sex spy affair with an American Mossad
agent, Cheryl Bentov, operating under the name
"Cindy" and masquerading as an American
tourist, on September 30, 1986. She persuaded him to fly
to Rome, Italy with her on a holiday. Once in Rome,
Mossad agents drugged him and smuggled him to Israel on a
* John Vassall, a British civil servant who was guided by
the KGB into having sex with multiple male partners while
drunk. The KGB then used photographs of this to blackmail
Vassall into providing them with secret information.
* Bernard Boursicot, a French diplomat, was entrapped by
Shi Pei Pu, who was working for the Chinese government.
She was a man pretending to be a woman, and told him he
was carrying his child. The situation was fictionalized
into the play M. Butterfly.
Sex Spying In fiction
- North by Northwest has Eva Marie Saint as both the
honeypot and a double agent
- Munich (film) "beware the local honeypot in the
- Traffic (film) same-sex honeypot trap