There is a booming business these days in the Chinese culture, and it might come as a shock to many. Trends show that in China, “rent a boyfriend” searches on the popular shopping site Taobao have surged and the options are nearly endless. ABC News shared the fascinating details on this trend on Feb. 8.
Those in China renting a boyfriend can choose to go economical with just a phone call or movie date, though choosing a horror movie will cost one double. Other rates include activities such as simple conversations, heading out for dinner or even meeting the parents. Whereas this kind of activity may have been relegated to newspapers years ago, now it's a big new industry in China with apparently a great deal of interest. February brings both Valentine's Day and the Chinese Lunar New Year, so it seems hiring fake boyfriends is an escalating activity.
ABC shares that a man identified as simply Mr. Gao has created a very popular China “rent a boyfriend” business, with a wide range of services available. One thing people won't find as an option, however, is sex. In fact, if a woman renting the boyfriends feel the guy makes unwelcome advances, she can even call the police. However, if the client makes the advance, there are no refunds allowed. What if romance actually blossoms? Mr. Gao doesn't seem to mind, but he jokes that he wants a big red envelope from the couple filled with cash as a thank you.
Can you see those in China's “rent a boyfriend” business raking in the cash? The prices Mr. Gao charges range from about $1.45 for a phone call to $128 for a full day of activities.