32-year-old Rade Malkovich, of Brandon, Florida, was arrested in Tampa for allegedly running a fake modeling scam. Malkovich allegedly posted ads on craigslist looking for models. He is said to have represented himself by claiming he worked for a legitimate talent agency. When one woman contacted the actual agency, they had never heard of Malkovich. He was then arrested for allegedly running a phony modeling agency, however, his endgame could have been much worse.
I’ve been posting about the modeling scam for over a decade now. (And here too.) The purpose of the modeling scam is usuall one of three reasons. The first is to lure victims into human trafficking, the second is luring victims into an opportunity for rape or sexual assault, and lastly to try to convince the models to get into porn.
Police aren’t saying if any of these were what Malkovich was planning, but I would lay odds on it being at least one of the three. I was able to stumble across Malkovich’s Periscope account. While it doesn’t have anything illicit on it, it does have a number of videos of shirtless Malkovich. To add to the need of mind bleach moment, some of the videos are entitled ‘Ladies Only’, ‘Bad Bitches Only’ and the ever so classy ‘I Need Head’. Take that as you may.
As the article points out, photographers don’t usually work directly for legitimate modeling agencies and don’t pay $300 to $800 per hour for inexperienced prospects. As with any craigslist ad, if it sounds too good to be true, it probably is.
Person of interest
The NYPD are looking for a man who they believe raped a 21-year-old woman in the Bronx. The victim says that she responded to a modeling ad on craigslist. After going to meet the man at the Paradise Motor Inn on Boston Rd., the victim tried to leave before the suspect raped her.
Anyone with information is asked to contact Crime Stoppers at nypdcrimestoppers.com
Police on Thursday released photos and videos of the suspect, and are asking anyone with information to call Crime Stoppers at (800) 577-TIPS.
What I refer to as the modeling scam is one of the more preferred tricks in the online sexual predator’s arsenal. Mostly, I’ve posted about how it’s used to target underage girls, but it’s not unheard of being used to target adults. Again, if you have such aspirations you probably should avoid craigslist since anybody can say that they’re a modeling agent considering that the ads are free.
Roy David Evans Jr.
I wasn’t planning on having a theme day today yet here we are.
31-year-old Roy David Evans Jr. is accused of allegedly having a ‘sexual relationship’ (child rape) with a 14-year-old girl that he met through craigslist. Evans is said to have placed an ad on craigslist looking for young models in the Baltimore area and for the models to message him through his Kik account at “Roddanger86”. Police believe he may have more victims…
Anyone who believes that they may have encountered Evans is asked to contact Montgomery County Police at 240-773-5400 or their local police department.
In my previous post I listed some ways on how you can tell if your child is being scammed. Another good way to tell is that I would imagine that most ‘legitimate’ modeling agencies don’t use Kik as their primary method of communication and if they did I doubt they would have a sleazy handle like “Rod Danger”. Not to mention that even legit modeling has its share of scumbags and pitfalls.
35-year-old Bairon Ubeda of Springfield, Massachusetts, allegedly used all the online sexual predator tropes in order to commit his crimes. Ubeda is accused of allegedly posing as a woman on Facebook and promising a 15-year-old girl a career in modeling in order to rape, exploit and traffic his victim.
The modeling scam is one of the more popular tricks used by online predators and traffickers. Predators targeting females love to prey upon their vanity or insecurities by making them believe they could be models. If you have kinds who have any sort of aspirations of getting into modeling or even if they don’t you may want to remind them that the odds of them becoming a successful model are about the same as winning the lottery and that anybody can claim to be anything on the internet. Let them know that if an adult is circumventing their parents in order to talk to them then they’re up to no good.
I’m usually not one for ‘listicles’ because they’re usually only worthless clickbait. However RollingOut.com’s ‘9 things you didn’t know about sex trafficking’ is a listicle that’s not only informative but one that more people should actually see.
By all means please click on the link to read the article but there’s something from the article itself I wanted to discuss. Of course it touches on craigslist and backpage but I specifically wanted to talk about the following…
Girls get into the sex trade in different ways
Friends or family influence
Boredom (they see this as something exciting and new)
To afford a drug habit
“Boyfriend” tricks them into believing they will do it for the boyfriend if they love them
These are all true but I wanted to talk about another reason how underage girls are tricked into child prostitution. In the past I’ve called it the modeling scam where a pimp, or other predator, approaches a girl online and preys upon a girl’s vanity by telling them they can get them into modeling. A variation on that trick is where a pimp will promise their victim a life of money and glamour by working for them without telling them what they’d really be doing.
Other than that small addition the list is spot on and should be forwarded around on Facebook rather than ‘100 ways bananas are better than bicycles’ or some such crap.
The pedo-defenders are going to love this one.
53-year-old Mario Grein, of Delray Beach, Florida, is accused of allegedly ‘having sex’ with a 16-year-old girl that he met through craigslist. Reports state that Grein placed an ad on craigslist looking for a bikini model. Everyone should just assume from now on that the term ‘bikini model’ on craigslist just means potential sexual assault victim.
Now here’s why the pedo-defenders will rally around this scumbag. From WPBF…
The victim said they had met at a Motel 6 on Lantana Road more than 20 times to have sex in exchange for money. She allegedly told Grein in March 2014 that she was 16 years old, but he dismissed it, the report said.
She also stated that she sent Grein a photo of a different person’s ID who was 22 years old.
She told the agents that Grein would pay her $200-$300 each time they had sex.
Anyway, the pedo-defenders are greasing up their keyboards because not only did this happen in their holy land of Florida and on their sacred website craigslist but the victim went back to Grein repeatedly for more money. None of that matters because the age of consent in Florida is 18. She can not legally consent to sex with someone of Grein’s age. Also let’s not forget that when Grein was made aware of her age he supposedly didn’t care.
If you don’t want to get arrested don’t solicit sex from minors and don’t have sex with minors. It’s not that difficult. The big bad police are not using mass hypnosis or Jedi mind tricks to force the poor persecuted sex offenders of Florida into committing these crimes.
As for anyone else think about replying to ads for models on craigslist I ask you to read all my posts about the online modeling scam.
Paul Joseph Shuler
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.
I’ve posted about the modeling scam many times before. Basically how it works is an online predator will pose as someone in charge of a modeling agency and will solicit underage girls for explicit photos or even try to get the girls to travel them for either molestation or child prostitution. I’ve posted about the scam being used on MySpace, Facebook, and craigslist so it should come as no surprise it’s showing up on Kik.
An unnamed man from Tallmadge, Ohio, is being investigated after his wife allegedly found a secret cell phone he was using to solicit underage girls on Kik, one may have even been as young as 12. He would allegedly tell the girls that he would need the photos in order to see if he would take them on as clients.
Normally this is where I would tell parents to make sure they know which apps their kids are using and who their friends on those apps are. However this time I’m going to add that maybe you should talk to your daughters, and sons if they’re aspiring models, that authentic modeling agencies probably wouldn’t circumvent parents in searching for talent and they definitely wouldn’t use Kik. You may also want to remind them that not everyone can make it into modeling and that it’s one of those ‘win the lottery type odds’ kind of careers.
UPDATE 7/27/2015: The suspect has been identified as 28-year-old Justin Snyder.
UPDATE 1/9/2016: Previously Snyder pleaded guilty to child porn charges and this past Thursday he was sentenced to six years behind bars.
Personally I think people who push their kids into modeling are mentally deficient. Too many people see it as a get rich quick scheme without realizing how many people out there want to take advantage of their children. I’ve posted too many stories about child predators and human traffickers who used the allure of modeling to get close to their victims. However if you’re going to push your kid in that direction don’t post ads on craigslist looking for work for your kid.
One such woman from Bakersfield, California placed such an ad and police say it was responded to 43-yer-old Charles Max Pollock of Las Vegas. That’s over a four-hour trip and almost 300 miles in case you were wondering. Pollock allegedly said that he was a photographer, rented a motel room and took explicit photos of the child. No word on the age of the child but he’s at least of computer using age since the article states that Pollock continued communication with the child. Since Pollock crossed state lines he’s looking at 30 years in federal prison.
Craigslist is the cesspool of the internet. If you post just about any ad in regards to an underage child you more than likely to get a response from a child predator than a talent agent.
Man posing as photographer on Craigslist charged:
Man posing as photographer on Craigslist strangled and raped aspiring models in a Miami forest:
Sexual predators love to prey upon the vanity of their victims. Going back to the days of old MySpace I’ve lost count of how many predators used some form of what I call the modeling scam in order to gain access to their victims. Ages of the victims have run from pre-teens to women in their 20s. Allegedly 30-year-old Anthony Molina-Iglesias of Miami is no stranger to this particular ploy.
Molina-Iglesias has been charged with rape after allegedly luring two women to a secluded area after promising them a free modeling photo shoot on craigslist. After he took the women to his chosen spot he choked one until she passed out bound her with zip ties and raped her. He choked and bound the second woman as well but did not rape her. A third victim has also come forward stating that he raped her in a similar manner.
Allow me to address all the aspiring models out there. Craigslist is no place to find a photographer and I’ll tell you why. It doesn’t cost anything to place an ad on craigslist. Anyone can place an ad on craigslist saying that they’re a modeling agent, talent scout, photographer or whatever. That doesn’t necessarily make it true. The lower the level of entry the more suspect the person can be. Also don’t think craigslist is screening these potential predators. They’re not even lifting a finger.