Sex traffickers use social media to trick aspiring models, experts say

British model Chloe Ayling says she was drugged and kidnapped in Milan, Italy, last month by the human trafficking organization Black Death, but the proscribes abandoned their plans to sell her as a sexuality slave and ship her to the Countries of the middle east when they discovered the 20 -year-old was the mother of a son a violation of the groups rules.

Ayling was much luckier than most victims.

An calculated 20.9 million people are currently trapped in jobs into which the latter are coerced or deluded and which they cannot leave, in agreement with the International Labor Organizations Global Estimate of Forced Labor .

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And, sadly, predators of young woman are seeing it easier than ever to capture their prey, thanks to social media apps like Instagram that models use to promote their careers.

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While the incident with Chloe Ayling is deeply troubling, its unfortunately part of a growing trend, aided by social medias accessibility to models, said music video director Chris Applebaum, who has worked with notable models and celebrities such as Selena Gomez and Kate Upton.

I dont suppose groups like Black Death pose as photographers as much as they are event organizers or brands offering to pay influencers to attend events.

Applebaum, in an interview with Fox News, recalled a recent disturbing event.

I was approached by one of these groups looking to get into linked with a well-known model. They wanted her cellphone number. After a day of explaining I cant do that without her permission, they grew more anxious, offering me a commission of 8,000 euros ($ 9,425) to assistance connect them.

The group explained the model would have all her expenditures paid and first-class airfare to the Middle East for a weekend party with some high-profile guests.

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The host was willing to pay the models 80 -9 0,000 euros ($ 94,000 to $106,000) for a night of fun.

Before I blocked this predator from my Instagram, Applebaum continued, I recollect their chilling parting message. I explained that none of the high-profile models would care to attend these types of events or parties, as I knew them personally and thats not what these girls are like.

The party responded by saying, Youd be surprised how common this is.

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Its not only common, its easy because models today use social media to volume legitimate work, which builds them more accessible to predators.

Its easier because the perpetrator can profile their victim, analyse them and select their choice of captive, said Richard Schoeberl, U.S. team leader for Hope for Justice, a nonprofit that aimsto bring an end to modern slavery by rescuing victims, restoring lives, and reforming society.

So often, said Brian Pacheco, a spokesman for Safe Horizon, which runs the largest anti-trafficking program on the East Coast, it is months or years of exploitation, abuse and being forced into acts they do not want and surely do not deserve. And for those working that can escape or find safety, they are forever changed due to the trauma they experienced.

Modeling industry experts offered safety tips-off for models to avoid danger.

Be more selective before[ accepting] people on all social media platforms, and when traveling to areas of the world that are known to be dangerous, make sure you are not alone, and that there is ample security, said Craig Lawrence, president of ONE Management.

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Robert Casey, President of Maggie, Inc ., said models need to speak up if something seems off.

If the environment or people seem irregular, call the modeling agency immediately, he said. The bureau should do their due diligence to thoroughly check out the people we are working with, but at the end of the day, we are not physically on-site with the model and depend on the model to communicate if any of the circumstances are off.

Ive seen several the circumstances in which the model has gotten into sticky situations, because they are so anxious to impress and please the people they are working with that they sacrifice common sense.

Fox News.com Reporter and FOX4 11 host Diana Falzone covers celebrity news and interviews some of today’s top celebrities and newsmakers. You can follow her on Twitter @ dianafalzone.

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