Some people have defended Rabbi (sic) Mendel Epstein’s kidnapping and torture tactics to get recalcitrant men to give a get (Jewish divorce) to hapless women who will otherwise remain chained (agunot).
However, whatever the promised benefit to the women, Epstein does not work for free. He was asking a total of $60,000 when he was caught in an FBI sting.
It turns out for the right money, he also will work for husbands who are recalcitrant. One source reports that back in 2007 he helped a man refuse a get to his wife by arranging a heter meiah rabbonim (rabbinical exemption from ban on polygamy). This allowed the husband to evade granting a religious divorce. His price: $60,000.
Mendel Epstein does not work for agunot; he works for money.