Models for Donald Trump's 'crooked' modeling agency worked in U.S. illegally under 'modern-day slavery'. Trump Exploited Underaged Girls

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    Aug 30, 2016 9:20 PM GMT Trump's modeling company was a "crooked agency" that put young women into "modern-day slavery" and had them working in the U.S. illegally, former models for the organization claimed in a bombshell report released Tuesday.


    Trump Model Management, which was founded by the GOP nominee in 1999, has made its money on foreign models working in the U.S. illegally and under horrible conditions, several former models told Mother Jones magazine.

    Another woman, identified by the magazine as "Kate", who said the agency never obtained a work visa for her even though she worked for them as a model in the U.S., blasted the mogul for his apparent hypocrisy in profiting from foreign labor, and illegally so, while simultaneously bashing immigrants on the campaign trail and threatening to "round up" 11 million undocumented immigrants with a "deportation force."

    "Honestly, they are the most crooked agency I've ever worked for, and I've worked for quite a few," Rachel Blais, a Canadian-born model who signed with Trump Model Management in 2004 and proceeded to work for the company without the proper visa paperwork.


    Ironically, the type of work visa that would have allowed the women interviewed by Mother Jones to work legally in the U.S. — an umbrella of visas known as H-1B, which allows temporary employment for foreign workers for certain occupations — would be scrapped entirely under a Trump presidency.


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    Aug 30, 2016 9:23 PM GMT
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    A spokeswoman for the Trump campaign didn't immediately respond to questions about the allegations.

    A spokeswoman for the Trump Organization, the umbrella company for all of the mogul's enterprises, did not immediately respond to questions either.

    The allegations come just weeks after questions emerged about the past immigration status of Trump's own wife, Melania, who herself may have once been an undocumented worker who illegally made a living in this country

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    Aug 30, 2016 9:30 PM GMT
    more... Models for Donald Trump's Agency Say They Violated Immigration Rules and Worked Illegally

    "It's like modern-day slavery."

    Republican nominee Donald Trump has placed immigration at the core of his presidential campaign. He has claimed that undocumented immigrants are "taking our jobs" and "taking our money," pledged to deport them en masse, and vowed to build a wall on the Mexican border. At one point he demanded a ban on Muslims entering the country. Speaking to supporters in Iowa on Saturday, Trump said he would crack down on visitors to the United States who overstay their visas and declared that when any American citizen "loses their job to an illegal immigrant, the rights of that American citizen have been violated." And he is scheduled to give a major address on immigration in Arizona on Wednesday night.

    But the mogul's New York modeling agency, Trump Model Management, has profited from using foreign models who came to the United States on tourist visas that did not permit them to work here, according to three former Trump models, all noncitizens, who shared their stories with Mother Jones. Financial and immigration records included in a recent lawsuit filed by a fourth former Trump model show that she, too, worked for Trump's agency in the United States without a proper visa.

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    Aug 30, 2016 9:33 PM GMT

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    Each of the three former Trump models said she arrived in New York with dreams of making it big in one of the world's most competitive fashion markets. But without work visas, they lived in constant fear of getting caught. "I was pretty on edge most of the time I was there," Anna said of the three months in 2009 she spent in New York working for Trump's agency.

    "I was there illegally," she said. "A sitting duck."

    I Spent 5 Years With Some of Trump's Biggest Fans. Here's What They Won't Tell You.

    According to three immigration lawyers consulted by Mother Jones, even unpaid employment is against the law for foreign nationals who do not have a work visa. "If the US company is benefiting from that person, that's work," explained Anastasia Tonello, global head of the US immigration team at Laura Devine Attorneys in New York. These rules for immigrants are in place to "protect them from being exploited," she said. "That US company shouldn't be making money off you."

    Two of the former Trump models said Trump's agency encouraged them to deceive customs officials ...

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    Aug 31, 2016 5:33 AM GMT Trump’s modeling agency allegedly forced foreign models to work illegally in the United States, often under “sweatshop”-like conditions....

    ...“the most crooked agency I’ve ever worked for, and I’ve worked for quite a few,” and several others recalled cramped, overcrowded housing conditions and the company’s insistence on charging high rent for the model dormitories...

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    Aug 31, 2016 11:06 AM GMT
    These pictures are hilarious! Trump certainly knows how to make America great again: Trump University (gone and swimming in lawsuits), Trump steaks (gone), Trump wine (gone), Trump water (gone), Trump ties and suits (made in China, soon to be gone), Trump dress shirts (made in Bangladesh, soon to be gone), Trump casinos (bankrupt) and much, much more. Meanwhile, Trump is proud to proclaim that he has billions. Yup, billions from the tears and blood of people that he conned and refused to pay. By the way, where are those tax returns, Mr. Trump? Perhaps they're in his medical doctor's safe (LOL!).

    Don't forget this (see

    No Money? No Problem.

    The "playbooks" suggest that lack of funds shouldn't deter students from attending Trump University.

    In one section, the guide suggests encouraging prospective students to put the tuition--which could be tens of thousands of dollars, depending on the program--on their credit cards.

    "What most people do is handle the tuition by putting it on their credit cards because it gives them the ability to make very small monthly payments and maintain a low overhead to run their real estate project," it reads. "Then we tell them to use their success in real estate to pay off the banks in a couple of months or so."

    The Trump University "playbooks" were very concerned with the "psychology" of selling its real estate seminars to potential customers.

    In one section, staffers are encouraged to take clients on "the Roller Coaster of emotions."

    "This sales process is based on managing the emotions of the client by focusing on the psychology of the sale," it reads.

    In part of the playbook on sales tools is a sub-section called "Think vs. FEEL."

    "Don't ask people what they THINK about something you've said. Instead, always ask them how they FEEL about it," the section instructs staffers. "People buy emotionally and justify it logically. "'How do you feel about that?'"

    The sentiment is put another way in a section on sales tools is "Sales Wisdoms," which shares this insight with its staffers -- "You don't sell products, benefits or solutions--you sell feelings."

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    Aug 31, 2016 5:44 PM GMT
    Miss Cleo's dead. lolol. I probably shouldn't laugh. But that's pretty funny. Colon cancer. She should have known. Just died. Just noticed. Dead at 53 as of July.

    I saw that in googling just now to refresh my memory about her boss (who I'd met many years ago) who was stopped by the United States from scamming callers to his psychic network.

    His playbook was found and turned over and used to bring down his network. If I recall the story, a few pages had been swept up in a wind which lead to the body of the work which had been tossed into the garbage set out for pickup. Well, a neighbor picked it up, saw what he had, got the rest, turned it in and the network was shut down.