A team of glamorous kung fu experts in seductive outfits will target rapists Clad in short skirts, plunging necklines and knee-high boots, a team of alluring women will shortly be working the mean streets of Zhengzhou, capital of Henan province. But these ladies of the night have the law on their side. Weapons-carrying martial arts experts, they are members of a new, anti-rape police taskforce that will begin operating next month. Part of their job will be parading around in seductive clothing, luring would-be rapists into attacking them. Seven female police officers have been selected to join the team. Aged between 23 and 27, they were chosen largely for their beauty but can all perform kung fu and other martial arts. Zhu Ji, the team's coach, said the taskforce was set up to tackle rapists and violent criminals in the city. She said more than 50 rapes and sexual assaults had been reported in one district of the city since the start of last year. Extensive police investigations have failed to turn up any clues. In the latest incident, on August 16, a 14-year-old girl was raped and murdered. 'The team members will lure suspects to commit crimes against them,' Ms Zhu said. 'They will also disguise themselves to get into situations where they can detect criminals or perhaps save victims.' She said women had many advantages over men when it came to going undercover. 'They can be more persuasive than men, and they do not arouse as much suspicion,' she said. The team is undergoing an intensive one-month training programme to prepare for the task ahead. Members will be put through rigorous physical training to help them overpower assailants, and will receive analytical and psychological training. Ms Zhu said the undercover officers would each carry a concealed gun and would be monitored closely by colleagues. She said senior police officers in the city realised it was highly dangerous work. 'But we had to form this team because the number of violent crimes committed against women and children has greatly increased here,' she added.