Professional matchmaking women are escorting shy men to bars and clubs in America and helping them to "score". They use light chat to break the ice with groups of females before introducing their "friend" – the client – and then retreating. Former computer programmer Shane Forbes set up Wingwomen in New York two years ago. Now the service is going national with trained young women opening bureaux in Los Angeles, Las Vegas, San Francisco and Miami. Forbes may then target London and other European cities. Wingwomen, who charge $150 (£85) a night, are not allowed to "fraternise" with clients but can accept drinks. The Sunday Times 19/03/06 page 28

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