"I Am Jennifer Sky, former model. Modeling is an industry that resembles human trafficking. AMA!
BIO: Media has called fashion "high-class human trafficking." 54% of models begin working on or before the age of sixteen. Agencies start recruiting at age thirteen. Many of the pictures in your favorite fashion magazines are little girls dressed up to look like women. With no legal union or governing body watching over the wellbeing of these children, they often become indentured into paying off monstrous debts to their agents—the largest of which is the cost of the agency-run apartments, often charged at four times the market rate. This past fall, New York State passed the Child Model Law, granting protections for minors working as models in the fashion industry—protections such as school-night curfews and on-set hour limits, chaperones, tutors and mandatory financial trusts. As someone who was abused as a child model, I would like to see these protections ratified across the globe. With the global clothing and textiles industry now generating upward of 2.5 trillion dollars a year, fashion can afford to offer positive work environments for their young models. Sign my petition calling for protections for child workers in fashion: http://www.change.org/petitions/secretary-of-labor-stop-the-abuse-of-children-in-the-fashion-industry
To learn more about my story, visiting here: http://www.jennifersky.com
Or read my book, Queen of the Tokyo Ballroom, from The Atavist: https://www.atavist.com/stories/queen-of-the-tokyo-ballroom/