Benedict College warns students about sex trafficking scam
Columbia, S.C. (WACH) -- Roslyn Clark Artis, President of Benedict College, sent out a statement late Friday night warning students about a scam.
According to Artis, flyers have begun appearing on and around the campus. It says that "BLW Modeling" is looking for "Female Models" and also photographers. However, Artis says that she and Benedict College's police have determined that this is a scam used to lure people into sex trafficking.
WACH FOX reached out to the college's police but were unable to determine how they assessed this to be a sex trafficking scam.
Several people commented on Artis' post saying they had seen the fliers.
"I didn't see it around campus but I had heard about it," said one student on campus. "They said people were putting fliers around trying to scam people. I thought about doing it just to do something. But then after I heard a bad word about it, I didn't want to do it anymore."
The president's post reads:
"Do not respond to this - this is a trap! It’s called sex trafficking and it is a crime. Please, do not fall for this. For your safety, do not respond to this! If you see these on our campus or in our community, tear them down. Each of you is precious to me and I need you to protect yourselves from these predators!! Please share! #Notonmycampus #notonmywatch #BCgirlsarequeens"
The flier reads:
"Have you always felt you can be a model?
Has anyone ever told you that you should model?
Or you've never thought about modeling?
Well BLW Modeling is looking for new FEMALE MODELS for 2018!
(Artistic Body, Imperial Body, Swimwear, Lingerie*, iCandy/Vixen*, Inked/Tattoo Models Aspiring, Experienced & Inexperienced Models welcome to tryout)
Find out how to make a career modeling or making Money modeling!
Who Knows Modeling like we do! Work with SC's top photographer & model for FREE**
All ages, races, heights, and sizes are needed and are welcome to submit!
Contact us via Text Support or Email WhoKnows181@yahoo.com (803) 500-0974
Photographers are welcome to apply for assistant photographer*"
Human trafficking is a growing issue nation-wide, and also in the state. According to the South Carolina Human Trafficking Task Force, there were 59 counts of human trafficking charged by local law enforcement in 2017. They also say that almost 80 cases were pending by the end of last year.
WACH FOX reached out to the number on the flier but it went to voicemail on all the calls. A man's voice said that the line was a "text support line only via iPad".
Officials with the college urge anyone who sees the fliers to remove them immediately and throw them away.