Originally Posted by SamBeasley
A friend of mine was contacted by this agency:
(there's a link for English at the far right -- "Eng")
Has anyone heard of them before? If so, good or bad? She'd be traveling to Istanbul, Turkey, where they're based, and working with them for a month or two.
Didja notice they're looking for "hostesses"? Hmmmm...
Turkey is a country in transition, right now, that seems to be torn between wanting to be part of the EU community to having ultra-nationalists and Moslem extremeists working to put pressure on the secular government to move left and/or right. While neither the far right or the far left seem to be advocating violence to achieve their goals, it's something that Turkish governments have been dealing with since Attaturk passed the reins of control to a democraticly elected government a few decades ago.
Right now, if it were someone very close to me... say, my neice, I don't think I would encourage her to take this job. That's based upon what I am reading in the Turkish newspapers (there are several online in English) and conversations with friends who we've kept up with since we lived in the southern Anatolian plain city of Adana back in the early 70's.
If she does take the job, she needs to be very careful to get a work permit BEFORE she leaves the United States - if you read the conditions of employment, they're treating the models as independant contractors and not taking out employment and VAT taxes on the model's portion of the fees - Turkey has some strict laws regarding employment and taxes, and you do not want to run afoul of Turkish law. A call to the Turkish embassy in Washington DC would definitely be in order.
Don't get me wrong - the Turks are a very generous and wonderful people - but it's very much a different setting than Europe, much less the US.