In the world of espionage, there is one skill that is absolutely essential for every spy: the ability to resist seduction, which is even more important than enacting seduction.

Strategic seduction is a tradecraft strategy of seducing a target for the purposes of gaining information or power, also known as honey trapping.

When you’re working undercover, it’s not uncommon for your target to try and seduce you in order to gain information, manipulate you to do something or for blackmail material. As a result, it’s crucial that you know how to detect then resist nefarious seduction attempts.

This is a basic tradecraft strategy that will help you do just that as an intelligence operative, undercover cop or as an ordinary civilian.

The first thing you need to do is be aware of the potential for (strategic) seduction. If you’re not expecting it, you will be far more likely to fall victim to it. You have to be able to recognize if the attempted seduction is for ulterior strategic purposes or if it’s authentic interest.

It’s important to remember that people who are skilled at seduction can be very charming and persuasive. They may also be very good at reading people and picking up on cues that they can use to their advantage.

For example, they may start talking about your shared interests or complimenting you on your appearance. If you are not expecting this behavior, you may let your guard down and be more susceptible to their advances – especially if you’re not use to this type of attention.


If you’re aware of the potential for seduction, the next step is to have a plan in place for how to deal with it. This means knowing what your boundaries are and being prepared to stick to them. It is also important to have an exit strategy in mind in case things start getting too heated for comfort. You can simply leave the vicinity or make an excuse to do so.

For example, you might say that you need to use the restroom, have a (fake) emergency phone call / text or have to get something from your car. This gives you an opportunity to break away from the situation and clear your head before making any decisions you might regret later.

Finally, it’s important to remember that seduction attempts often happen when we are feeling vulnerable. If you find yourself in a situation where someone is trying to seduce you, it is important to stay calm and think clearly. You have to figure out if that person is attempting to seduce you because they want something real or want something from you.

Take a deep breath and remind yourself of the situation at hand and their motivation. This will help you stay focused on what is important and resist any temptation to give in to the advances of your target.


Seduction attempts are common in the world of espionage. As a result, it is crucial that every spy knows how to resist seduction. The first step is being aware of the potential for seduction and having a plan in place for how to deal with it if it happens.

Remember, if you find yourself in a situation where someone is trying to seduce you, stay calm and think clearly about your goals and objectives. This will help you resist temptation and remain focused on what’s important.