Chinese “Ghostbuster” Arrested After Exorcising Ghosts from Woman’s Vagina Using His Penis

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A Chinese man was arrested in Guangzhou, Guangdong Province after allegedly convincing a woman that she had ghosts in her vagina, and then proceeding to conduct an exorcism using his penis.

The suspect, who referred to himself as a “ghostbuster”, was arrested after the Victim called police the next day to report she had been tricked by the Suspect.

Via Global Times, China:

[The Victim], a spice shop employee, consulted [the Suspect] after hearing he could advise her how to attract her boss, whom she had a crush on.  The two agreed to meet at a hotel room, where [the Suspect] asked her to strip naked and lay on the bed for an examination. [The Suspect] then convinced [the Victim] to have intercourse after explaining that ghosts in her vagina are preventing her boss from falling in love with her – ghosts he could only catch with his penis. [The Suspect] explained that he had sacrificed his virginity for the exorcism.

I feel like I remember seeing this tactic once on VH1’s The Pickup Artist. Just get a woman who’s attracted to someone else to come to a hotel room with you and strip naked – that’s the easy part – and at that point, you convince her that her vagina must be haunted because it’s making your penis rise. “Light as a feather, stiff as a board! Light as a feather, stiff as a board!”

I’m surprised this isn’t taken right from the plot of a yet-to-be-penned porn parody, Ghostnutters. Just be sure not to cross the streams.

The Suspect allegedly charged the Victim 20,000 yuan ($3,279) to complete the exorcism. Something – actually, a lot of things – strike me as not holding up with this story. Mainly everything.

If this story is true, it definitely borders on weird, creepy pretty-much-rape. But something tells me that more is at play here. According to The Global Times, the Suspect told authorities that he had “long lost the ability to have an erection due to diabetes”. Whether true or not, that’s obviously the Suspect’s attempt to provide an alibi, which would indicate he’s refuting at least some part of the Victim’s claims, which let’s be honest, are bizarre either way.

Even if everything the Victim claims is true, we’d have to believe that she believed she had ghosts in her vagina and that this man’s penis could exorcise them, but that at no point did he believe this himself. Because if they were both on board, then they were just doing a good old fashioned exorcism:

On a more serious note, only 46% of alleged rapes get reported, and of those, only 3% of suspects ever serve a day in prison. I personally know way too many women who have told me they’ve been raped, and even more that probably haven’t told me. The Victim in this case reported the assault the next day, and I’d hate to ever contribute to a culture that discourages any victim from reporting a crime. Certainly there are numerous instances where personally believe a rapist probably went free. But I do also know there are circumstances which lead to false accusations as well, and in the case of this particular story, my guess would be that this was more some sort of sexwork exchange that went awry, where pretty heavy (and unfortunate) cultural values may have been at play that would cause this Victim want to remove her own culpability in the exchange.

Many media outlets don’t disclose the names of victims in sexual assault cases to protect their identity, which I fully support. But I do think it’s a double-standard that these media outlets then disclose the names of suspects, especially if we’re operating in an innocent until proven guilty society (we’re not). Once anyone is accused of anything, the burden of suspicion now falls upon them, even if they’re later proven innocent. No one wants to go on an OKCupid date with “the guy who was charged with, but later acquitted of double-homicide”, and as we’ve seen this last week the internet loves to jump to conclusions about people.

All I know is I’m going to have this song stuck in my head the rest of the day:

About Eric Barry

Eric Barry is a Chicago comedian, writer, and creator of Full Disclosure, voted "Best Sex-Positive" podcast by the Chicago Reader. He holds a B.A. in Theater & Performance Studies from UC Berkeley, and his work has been featured on Huffington Post, Cosmo, SF Chronicle, and more. He is currently working on developing a pilot based off his time in the sex work industry.

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