I didn’t think I’d be doing another story about the modeling scam so soon yet here we are.
Police in Horry County, South Carolina, which includes Myrtle Beach, have arrested 32-year-old Paul Joseph Shuler for allegedly raping a 20-year-old woman he met through craigslist.
Police say that Shuler posted an ad looking for models to which the victim responded. The victim was from overseas as beach towns like Myrtle Beach get a lot of young overseas adults working seasonal jobs in the summer. When the victim refused to pose for Shuler in a bikini he claimed to be from ICE, hand cuffed her and raped her.
Unfortunately this is an age-old trick used by both predators and traffickers and has only increased with the advent of craigslist and social media. Don’t be a victim. Anybody can claim they are a modeling scout or photographer. Don’t fall for their lies.
UPDATE 9/7/2016: After entering into an Alford plea, Shuler was sentenced to ten years behind bars.