'Online model' search raises concerns near university
Student claims employer wants young women to undress on webcam for big bucks
Posters recruiting young women for what some call an online, webcam sex operation are raising concerns at the University of Windsor.
The posters are located at California and University avenues on the edge of campus.
They appear to be targeting cash-strapped students, offering thousands of dollars per month for "online modelling."
"Are you tired of being broke?" the poster asks.
They promise great cash rewards — up to $8,000 per month — for part-time "online models."
Digital journalism student Andrea Slabon looked into the job offer. She said she talked to one of the recruiters and found out they are looking for women to chat with men online over webcams.
"It was implied that the more you take off or the more entertaining the more you'll get paid," Slabon alleged.
Slabon claimed the company is operating out of a two-bedroom apartment on Askin Avenue.
A call to the Jahlli Group, the company behind the posters, was not immediately returned.
On its Facebook page, the Jahlli Group touts itself as "the greatest promotional and online modelling agency in Southern Ontario. Where the models actually get paid! Especially our online models."
Coun. Ron Jones sits on the town and gown committee with the university and is concerned the women could be exploited.
"When we look at international students, when we look at out-of-town students, we have to be concerned about their safety as a city and as a university," Jones said.
Slabon and Jones are in contact with the police, who are checking to see if anything illegal is happening.
Tracy Huynh, co-ordinator of the Womyn's Centre at the university, said she's not necessarily against women working in the sex trade, as long as they are well informed and safe.
In this case, she's concerned the company might be making women's names public.
A posting on the company's Facebook page congratulates a woman by first and last name. It's not known if the name is real or fake.
"At this point, I do not know if they've received permission from this young lady to release her name or not," Huynh said.