“Porn company solicits teen girls at Folklife Festival” by Amy Clancy

Not surprisingly, a porn performer recruitment agency has been accused of soliciting underage girls at a Seattle music festival. Although the agency claims they were only seeking women 18+, the young women approached share that they were never asked to verify their ages. This is an excerpt from a recent article published by Kiro TV. The source of this excerpt is http://m.kirotv.com/news/news/porn-company-solicits-teen-girls-folklife-festival/nf8Gp/

image courtesy of Kiro TV.

image courtesy of Kiro TV.

While thousands gathered to enjoy the food and music at the Northwest Folklife Festival at the Seattle Center Memorial Day weekend, recruiters were targeting teenage girls there for the internet sex industry. Even Folklife Festival staff knew nothing about the efforts until contacted by KIRO 7’s Amy Clancy. Michelle Sanders Leyva, spokeswoman for the Festival, called news of the recruitment effort “disappointing.”

The company, T.K.K. Modeling, had employees handing out packets of condoms and other sexual items, plus business cards, recruiting models for live adult chat sites. Four teenagers from Edmonds were approached; two of them are minors. Maddy Nealey told Clancy the recruiters said “we’re recruiting hot girls and, assuming you’re 18, you guys meet our requirements.”

Her friend Victoria Lebesis, who is 17, said the representatives from T.K.K. never gave the girls the opportunity to reveal their ages.

Clancy: “Did they ask you if you were 18?”

Lebesis: “No, they said ‘assuming that you’re 18.’”

Clancy: “But they didn’t actually ask you?”

Lebesis: “No.”

TKK’s website — and an email to KIRO 7 — clearly state the company only wants adult models; 18 and over only. But Nealey and Lebesis claim they saw T.K.K. recruiters approach girls of all ages, all around them at the Seattle Center. “I just think it’s weird because we were at a public place and they’re doing it to a lot of people,” Lebesis said. “Everybody else could have been younger than me.”

Julie Nealey, Maddy’s mother, told KIRO 7 the recruitment effort promising a career in “modeling” bothers her, no matter what the company’s age requirements might be. “I sent her off to Folklife and she comes back with a solicitation to work in the porn industry,” Nealey said. “They hop it up as the hot girls, the pretty ones, you can make money. And young impressionable girls are going to think they’re going to become a star,” Nealey worried.

The age requirement is important to law enforcement. Distribution of child pornography is a felony.

This is a significantly shortened excerpt. To read the full article, please visit the KIRO TV website http://m.kirotv.com/news/news/porn-company-solicits-teen-girls-folklife-festival/nf8Gp/

Amy Clancy is a reporter for Kiro TV.