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Pretoria teen deceived into sex slave scam

2012-02-17 10:08

Johannesburg - A Pretoria teenager said she was deceived into becoming a sex slave by a dance company which offered her a job in Istanbul, Turkey, according to a report on Friday.

Imogen Adams, 19, was allegedly offered the opportunity by a Germiston-based dance company RT Concerts, The Star newspaper reported.

"We were told that we were going to dance in several shows and that it would be at hotels where we would work on six-month contracts."

That was not the case once she arrived in Istanbul, Adams told the newspaper.

"Within days we were given a new contract which we had to sign. We were told that we had to do 'hosting' at the hotels after the shows and that it had to be with men who came to the shows."

The hosting involved "entertaining" the men.

The men would watch the show and choose who they wanted to be with.

"We had to dress up and make the men want us," Adams said.

Adams told the newspaper that when she wanted to leave, she was threatened. After making contact with her mother through the South African embassy, Adams returned to South Africa.

RT Concerts managing director Tanya van Rie denied the allegations, The Star reported.

"Never in a million years would we do something like this. We have a name and reputation to protect," Van Rie said.

"Those complaining are complaining because they were fired, which happened because they have problems with authority."

Comments
  • TheyTookMyNickLaZynEko - 2012-02-17 10:18

    ja ja ja RT concerts. It's TOO EASY TO LIE!!! You are either hiding this or you are not aware of it yourself! these things happen far more than most would think!

      Lorenzo - 2012-02-17 11:29

      Where's Liam Neeson when you need him?

      Ashley - 2012-02-17 14:27

      Here is what happened to me when a model scout from Italy sent me to model in Milan, for his agency. I arrived in Milan, had to board with 11 girls in a 2 bedroom flat, some as young as 13. Most of them on drugs. There was no agency, you had to find one yourself. If you havent made money in 2 weeks, you were forced to go out with "clients" which you were paid and money was given straight to him. I got out via south african embassy. god knows what happened to most of those girls.......

      Christopher - 2012-02-17 15:42

      "Those complaining are complaining because they were fired, which happened because they have problems with authority." That is quite a vague statement Tanya...What authority are you talking about? Authority that the women must open their legs?

      Christopher - 2012-02-17 15:49

      "Psst! four, long legged exquisite ladies who are professional dancers and one hot female singer create this spectacular show. Titillating the senses, teasing the imagination they dance their way into every male's fantasies". That's on RT concert website...Sorry ladies but you should have researched RT Concerts before jetting off to another country...Wording like that with a pink website and when you open up headings, and it mentions coming soon...thats a huge siren to stay away!!

      Chezd - 2012-02-17 23:42

      Att 'TheyTookMyNickLaZunEko', Tanya is not hiding anything and is fully aware of everything that happens in Turkey as she frequently flies up to Turkey to make sure we are fine. Att 'Ashley', this is certainly not the same case as yours was. I am sorry you experienced such an aweful ordeal, but i worked with Imogen and flew back with her and nothing of the sort happened. She is a bitter little girl who got fired and is trying to take revenge. Att 'Christopher', firstly i have to say you have a very funny sense of humour, even though none of it is true.. i had to have a laugh at your ludacris comments. Thanks for the giggle today.

      Tim - 2012-02-18 00:36

      @Chezd...why were you and Imogen fired?

      Sheda - 2012-02-18 09:49

      Tanya ..run while you can...............

      Chez MiNx Deyzel - 2012-02-18 14:32

      @Tim: if you must know, I was fired as I have a Turkish boyfriend and we are not allowed to as we do not know the turkish people or speak the language so the company prefers us to stick with our group for our own safety and not trust anyone. RT Concerts is well aware of human trafficing which is why they have such strict rules with us. We have to sign in and out of the hotel and never go to the shops alone and always make sure your company manager knows where you are at all times. There is also a camera at the reception of the hotel where whoever investigates can have a look at the footage to see if any men where ever in our hotel. The hotel is for the dancers only. Imogen was fired as she does not listen to management and was slack at her job.

  • E=MC2 - 2012-02-17 10:22

    hahaha ignorance is bliss...

  • Shirley - 2012-02-17 10:28

    He said/she said. Bottom line is think carefully before you accept these jobs! If it seems too good then it is too good to be true!

  • lindz.kok - 2012-02-17 10:34

    she should go work alongside those girls undercover and see if her storry stays the same.

  • logical007 - 2012-02-17 10:34

    This sounds like a story for 3rd degree!!!!

      Bryan - 2012-02-17 14:30

      Sounds more like a situation for Chuck Norris:-)

  • Kusleg - 2012-02-17 10:36

    "Those complaining are complaining because they were fired, which happened because they have problems with authority." @@@@ Of cause refusing to be sex slaves Van Rie...idiot..!

      Chezd - 2012-02-17 23:34

      what sex-slave has the right to refuse? These allegations are false. This is NOT true.

      Sheda - 2012-02-18 09:52

      @Chezd...though doth protest toooo much.

  • Grant - 2012-02-17 10:45

    Seems like the girls are a bit naive to get themselves into the mess. Girls should seek the advice of family and friends before traveling abroad. Did the girls honestly expect to just dance...?

      Chezd - 2012-02-17 23:33

      yes, that is exactly what we were asked to do and what we did.

  • justin.pretorius - 2012-02-17 10:57

    I thought that these syndicates normally take away one's passport and threaten the person? Hope they investigate and get to the bottom of this

      Chezd - 2012-02-17 23:32

      I thought so too.

  • ivan.coetzee2 - 2012-02-17 10:57

    I am incline to believe the young ladies version, get the cops involved and fry whoever is guilty

  • Paula - 2012-02-17 10:58

    I dont understand how Tanya a female (I would guess) would exploit other women to make a quick buck.Where are the days when women stood up supported and protected each other...

      Stefanus - 2012-02-17 20:05

      women are evil, thats why

      sunettem - 2012-02-17 21:48

      @Stefanus So women are evil huh? well... the reputation of men in SA seemingly contradicts that moronic statement. A little jaded are we?

      Ken - 2012-02-17 22:45

      @ Stefanus. You are more BLACK than green.

      Chezd - 2012-02-17 23:31

      Tanya van Rie has never done anything of the sort or mentioned. I am one of Tanya's dancers who stay with her in Johannesburg where she lovingly looks after me before i go to Turkey as I am from Cape Town. I was one of the girls who were fired and flew back to SA with Imogen. Instead of turning her back on me for breaking the rules and getting fired, she has opened her home to me and offered me another opportunity and I have chosen to go back to Turkey to work. (dance and hostess). She is the first person to Support and Protect other women, one of the ways by giving South African dancers the opportunity to work abroad and be trained to be better dancers, therefore creating jobs for woman. Tanya also works extensively with BEE skills development programme's training young women to take over her contracts.

      John - 2012-02-18 10:33

      @ Chezd. Seems you have an interest in this business deal.... Your first comments were as a dancer, but as your trail of comments continue, you seem more involved. Here you state you work for Tanya, but further down you refer to "we" and seem to be involved with the girls personally, even to the extent of having intimate knowledge of her contract... No wonder you so defensive.

      Chez MiNx Deyzel - 2012-02-18 14:07

      John.. Please read my comment properly. I am one of Tanya's dancers, I flew back with Imogen. Therefore I signed the same contract as Imogen, therefore yes I would have an intense knowledge of the contract. I say 'we' as I am employed by the company, therefore I am part of the company. Please, if you would.. Go and have a look at Imogen Adams facebook profile and look at all the photo's she took whilst in Turkey, and tell me if she looks like she was a 'sex slave' as she claims. I wish all of you would do your research before commenting or go watch the movie 'Taken' and go have a look at what a 'sex slave' really is.. Or maybe ask Imogen if she has had a medical by her doctor to prove she had any sexual relations AT ALL in the last 2 months.

  • Pieter - 2012-02-17 10:59

    Ek het nooit gedink so iets sal in Suid Afrika ook gebeur nie. Dit voel net altyd asof dit in ander 3e landse werelde moet gebeur aosf SA meisie slimmer as dit is, maar aan die anderkant hoekom wil ons mooie dames na sulke lande toe gaan? Wat gaan deur hulle koppe wanneer hulle sulke offers kry. Ek het simpatie met die meisies, maar genugtig word wakker.

  • phathuchicos - 2012-02-17 11:21

    Imogen where were your parents while you accepting a dance contract first?

      E=MC2 - 2012-02-17 15:24

      something doestn add up - those prostitution rings are a bit more organised than to just "allow" someone to call home (id assume) maybe the girl did just stuff up & got fired & is now looking to cause trouble for the company...? Probably wont be a juicy follow up article tho, so we'll never know

      Ken - 2012-02-17 21:09

      Can I purchase a dictionary for you ?

      Chezd - 2012-02-17 23:24

      All the parents read the contracts and we have very happy parents who have written letters stating so, who's children are still currently working in Turkey for RT Concerts. Imogen's mother had a copy of the contract and there are several sms's showing how happy both her and Imogen were during the 2 months Imogen worked in Turkey, even quoting that Imogen wanted to stay longer.

  • Dorothy - 2012-02-17 11:23

    Be careful when being adventurous and going to unknown places. Ask questions and do good research. Too many people have been destroyed while trying to look for work - falling pry to drug dealers, sex traffickers and serial rapists and murderers. Also, who says women would not take advantage of other women. Many women have been in partnership with paedophiles (Tracy Dugard's kidnappers, Joey Harrop - the disapperance of the 5 girls, Rosemary West) and do run brothels quite successfully.

  • Andre - 2012-02-17 11:45

    Really.

  • Tulani - 2012-02-17 11:45

    Education is the key to life not dancing half naked...

      Michelle Kirsten - 2012-02-18 02:52

      So true Tulani! It's just a pity nobody wants to throw money at me for standing in front of a class reciting times-tables.. Now THAT would have been cool!

  • lukman.akinwande - 2012-02-17 11:57

    Overseas dancing contract at hotels almost naked??? where were the parents when she was entering into this contract??? Police must dig deep into this. If she was promised an office job but taken to an hotel to dance half naked, then it is a different case. somebody is not telling the truth here.

  • Murechen - 2012-02-17 12:59

    One girl complained, why is the company rep referring to "those complaining"? Are there more girls who have complained to the company but have not gone public?

      Schmee - 2012-02-17 13:23

      Good question.

      Chezd - 2012-02-17 23:21

      No, the only girl complaining is Imogen Adams and the incompetent people who have no facts yet feel very opinionated.

  • Schmee - 2012-02-17 13:21

    Hopefully this is investigated properly.

  • Carina - 2012-02-17 15:35

    I did also dance with some of the girls... OMW i'm schocked I even stayed in her house..Please say this aint true

  • blackjew69 - 2012-02-17 17:10

    Once again a southafrican teen or youngster getting into jobs that promise good money. if you get a contract out of s.a, make sure by checking with company registars that the company is acually what it says it is, get all the contacts of the company(not cellphone numbers) and make sure when you arrive in the destination company, first thing you do is get yourself a simcard. anything you dont understand, call home. And for every other s.a traveller, register yourself with s.a embassy on arrival in a foreign country.

  • Chez MiNx Deyzel - 2012-02-17 17:38

    Imogen, you are talking absolute rubbish! Everything pertaining to the job as you have explained is completely false! We were both FIRED... RT Concerts has all the sms's between you and your mom from the day you left to Turkey which well shows there was no problems and you wanted to stay longer and how you were shopping for shoes. Also, you were in contact with your families all along on your blackberry as well as there is a computer in the hotel (where we live, NOT work as you say) with skype and a webcam to keep contact with our families whenever we like. I am going back to Turkey in 4 weeks time along with 8 other girls (2 of them who have also prevouisly done the Turkey contract with RT Concerts before and are excited to go back) so what are you trying to say about me and the other girls? Also, why do you only come up with this story after you were fired? You were quite happy there for 2 months. Anyways, goodluck to your fairytale you have published here. Anyone who knows Tanya, Carina and RT Concerts knows this is not true and you have just made yourself a laughing matter.

      Michelle Kirsten - 2012-02-18 02:55

      Well done! I hope you are who you say you are, so that the people who are trying to make an honest living can be cleared of false allegations.

  • Terry-Lee - 2012-02-17 23:52

    why were the girls fired?

  • Mervin - 2012-02-18 06:28

    "which happened because they have problems with authority." because they would not lissen to you,Hitler ,shame on you!!!!! This is the problem with some South Africans ,they think authority is your right through the possition you hold and not through earning it through respect and trust!!!If you didn`t know ?hand over the details to interpol!!!

      Matty - 2012-02-18 08:10

      Goodness @Mervin, read the comments. This story seems fishy to begin with.

  • james.grant.za - 2012-02-18 08:37

    Teen: Daddy, I want to go and dance in Turkey dressed in a bikini and a lace curtain Dad: No baby, that's a dumb idea. End of story, no contract, no dismissal, no issue and nothing fo us to read and comment on...

      lourens.p.greyling - 2012-02-18 09:02

      Of all the stuff said here, this comment are probably the only one that are completely true and well thought out.

  • Thopa - 2012-02-18 11:00

    Tanya van Rie, you stupid chop! You're busy misleading young naive teenagers just so u score a quick buck! Bloody clown!

  • kobus.jansenvanvuuren - 2012-02-18 11:13

    Check out the website. WTF is the problem? With shows like sex bomb what did you expect? Swan lake?

  • Billy Burke - 2012-02-18 13:08

    I work internationally and live in London, I have worked for RT Concerts on numerous occasions and have found them to always be very professional and upfront and cannot fault miss van Rie on the way in which she runs her business. The women who RT concerts employs to goto Turkey are made fully aware of the conditions etc before they leave, fortunately South Africa has a very competitive dance scene and jobs are not always easy to get especially for dancers like Imogen with no experience. She was fully aware of the type of show it was, as she would of had to have a costume fitting, rehearsals etc. and being the only job that she could get said yes, then when it actually comes down to doing the job, and socialising with tr patrons in the clubs which is all in the contract and not unusual for contracts abroad, esp. In places such as Turkey, India etc. where i might add prostitution is completely illegal.... So I'm not sure where Imogen was sold as a sex slave unless it was herself doing the selling. The only advice I can give this girl is to work harder to try and get a job here and RT standards are pretty high for contracts in South Africa so it might take a while....., although the industry small although very robust never forgets someone who can tarnish the reputation of people who have worked their whole lives to achieve.

  • Angel Naude - 2012-02-22 07:47

    The people on the out side looking in are judging on what they read not on experience...... I danced for tanya and went to turkey... Tanyas shows are not tacky! We had a blast in turkey and I remember tanya telling us to tazor the men in the balls if they touched us! If we were tired n didn't feel like dancing she told us to stay @ home. All we did was pick up a lot of weight because we used to go out and have a blast! Like every country there are men that will push there luck but its your call to say NO!

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