Honey Trap

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The Delhi Police recently arrested a driver working with the Ministry of External Affairs in connection with an alleged espionage case.

About Honey Trap:

  • The practice of ‘honey trapping’ refers to the use of romantic or sexual relationships to get information out of a target.
  • The information can be used for monetary advancement or to achieve political ends, such as in the case of state espionage.
  • Sometimes, honey traps are also laid for extortion or blackmail purposes.
  • According to the Oxford English Dictionary, the term first entered the English language through Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy, the 1974 spy novel by John le Carré.

Famous Incidents:

  • One of the most famous cases of honey trapping is the Mata Hari case from World War I. 
  • In India, K V Unnikrishnan, a Research and Analysis Wing (RAW) officer was allegedly honey trapped in the 1980s.


Source : Indian Express