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Fugitive recovery agent

Only one woman in all of Nevada is a licensed bounty hunter

By WITW Staff on September 23, 2015

“I have a hard time taking orders from people, especially if they’re dumber than me,” a self-aware Uyen Vu observed in an interview with VICE. Vu explains that’s the reason that she opted for a career change, a job in law enforcement was off the table — despite the fact that many of her friends said she’d make a great cop. Plus, “I didn’t want to wear a uniform, drive a cruiser, or work my way up,” Vu remarked. With a career in uniform a nonstarter, Vu, who said she’s been shooting guns since she was three years old, did the next logical thing. She completed the state-mandated eight-hour training course and pursued a career as a fugitive recovery agent, or bounty hunter. Part of the training covered hand-to-hand combat, so it’s a good thing Vu had a second-degree martial arts black belt (she used to run her own school until she sold it) to fall back on. Vu said that when she began going on ride-alongs to some experience bounty hunting, the male bounty hunters would try to scare her away from the profession by giving her unsettling assignments, but she says she met the challenge every time and earned their respect. Now, she charges a flat rate of $350 an hour or 10 percent of the total bond — whichever is higher — for her services, and she’s says being a woman is actually an advantage in such a potentially dangerous job. And Vu’s got a whole repertoire of amusing stories to tell now, like the time she had to hunt down a prostitute who’d skipped bail and she went on a multi-hour drive with the prostitute’s pimp in search of her — and the awkward way they finally took the prostitute into custody.

Read the full story at VICE.