3OYS: ASU student claims 'bait and switch' in XXX job

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by LiAna Gonzales

azfamily.com

Posted on July 2, 2014 at 10:11 PM

Updated Monday, Jul 7 at 5:38 PM

PHOENIX -- An Arizona State University student trying to make ends meet thought she was applying for a secretarial job but instead was offered something completely different.

Kelli Stark claims it was kind of a "bait and switch" scenario. The 21-year-old saw an ad on Craigslist for a job she felt qualified for, so she went to apply.

However, Stark says that when she arrived at the business, she learned the position was more X-rated than A-rated.

3 On Your Side recently visited the Tempe business because of complaints of unusual activity.

Gary Harper was asked to leave after he confronted a woman at the front desk about claims that women were coming in for a receptionist job and instead being offered an online sex chat job.

Stark said when she went in for the job interview for the secretarial position, she was offered a "webcam host" position instead.

"I could make my own hours, I would have my own office, and I could talk about whatever I wanted on my own time," she said.

Needing money, Stark began filling out paperwork, but she grew suspicious.

"I kept looking through and I started actually reading the really small font, and I saw the name 'Streamate' in like quotations and it was capitalized," she said.

Stark said she put down the paperwork and left the business.
 
When she got home, she began doing research on Streamate. When she typed it into a search engine, it came up as an adult video chat.

"That's when I freaked out," she said. "I was livid and humiliated, and called my mom right away."

Stark isn't the only one who is disturbed. Neighboring businesses say they've noticed unusual activity for a while.

"We see the girls that come in there," said Rene Jobbet-Smith, who works at an insurance office next door. "They’re in very skimpy clothes, carrying duffel bags, different changes of clothes, different types of outfits."

3 On Your Side staked out the business and saw a number of different women coming and going with duffel bags and backpacks.
   
Jobbet-Smith said she talked to a woman who came out of the business and learned they were hosting video chatrooms of sorts on the Internet.

There's no name listed anywhere at the business, and employees didn't want to share any information.

A woman behind the front desk said we had to talk to the business owner and gave us a phone number for Christian Cecena Ojeda. According to Tempe police and neighboring businesses, Ojeda runs the place.

When our phone calls to Ojeda went unanswered, we went to his Scottsdale home. A woman eventually came to the door but stayed hidden behind the screen. She told 3 On Your Side that Ojeda wasn't home, and he never contacted us.

Stark said she is worried about other college students who go to the business hoping for a secretarial job.

“I barely got out of there without falling for it. I almost signed that paper," she said. "I didn't want any other young girls to fall for it or anyone at all actually."

Online sex chatrooms are, in most cases, legal as long as no one underage is involved.

However, Stark said she doesn't agree with the way this position was advertised.

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