In 2010, Jezebel, an online site, published “The Sex Trafficking Model Scout” warning about the dangers of deregulated modeling agencies in the U.S.
Given the growing number of modeling agencies that transport underage teenagers from foreign countries into the United States and the growing sex trade of underage girls in the U.S. why does this industry remain deregulated?
Since the advent of this business, modeling agencies have had free reign to scout teenagers from every state in the country as well as every nation in the world. Many of these teenage girls come from economically disadvantaged families and are offered none to very limited protection while traveling and working as “models.”
Jezebel reported that Jean Luc Brunel, one of the cast of characters involved in the ongoing Jeffrey Epstein (a level 3 registered sex offender), eight-year-long case, has been working for over two decades with a succession of agencies in New York and Paris. According to media reports, Diane Sawyer produced a segment for CBS’s 60 Minutes featuring a sex scandal that eventually led Eileen Ford (founder of renowned Ford modeling agency) to stop working with Brunel.
Brunel’s latest venture is the modeling agency MC2 based in South Beach, Fla. with satellite offices in New York and Tel Aviv. Since his agency is deregulated and “no criminal charges have been filed by any of his accusers” — although many have tried to serve him including lawyers representing Epstein’s victims, Brunel continues to hide behind his French citizenship to prevent depositions. “Trawling for 5’11″ underage teenagers to work for his agency, MC2, or anyone else who requests, Brunel is free to scout for very young girls without limitations.” Given his citizenship he also successfully avoided deposition in Epstein’s sex related cases.
Like so many other reporters who have tried to report his side of the story when Jezebel contacted Brunel, “he did not respond to our interview request.” According to Jezebel:
Model, Michael Gross’s 1995 book, describes Brunel’s activities in Paris from the late 1970s onwards, when he worked for, and eventually owned, the modeling agency Karin. “Jean-Luc is considered a danger,” says Jrme Bonnouvrier.
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