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Girls on Film: Innocence stolen

Reporter: Lindsay Cohen

Every parent wants their child to be a star, but being on the pages of a magazine, broadcast in a commercial, or put on a Web site can be tough and revealing.

Some Web sites out there want to make your child famous by putting young girls in comprising positions.

Seventeen-year-old Logan Rex works hard to be a young model at Boynton Beach based "P Modeling". And it's not just the photo shoots. She spends hours getting her hair curled and make-up done. Time well spent when her look is finally complete and she's ready for her big shoot.

"I wouldn't even do anything that was too risque; I wouldn't ever do anything sexual," says Logan.

She models with several other area models including Jasmine Tamposi. "I like going to fashion shows and them taking pictures of me and putting on make-up," says Jasmine.

An innocent 7 year old hoping to buy a turtle with her modeling paycheck. But for some young models, that innocence is being stolen.

Web sites show 7-year-old Leah in a skimpy bathing suit; something most moms and dads normally wouldn't want for their kids.

The sites are plentiful. We found a site showing a  young model in lingerie and stilettos.

And another page has a seal promising a "100 percent no nude Web site". And this is where we found young Amelia in undergarments and a Santa Claus hat.

But it doesn't end there. For $29.95 you can have access to the members only area.

Nancy McBride, National Center for Missing and Exploited Children, says, "I've seen pictures of kids where they're provocatively posed. Certainly not a way you'd want to see a 6, 7 or 8 year old child."

She says these Web sites are everywhere and they're legal.

"Law enforcement is so frustrated. There is nothing they can do about it until they cross the line, and they violate a state or federal statute."

Rosemarie Barica, says, "You just have to be your child's number one advocate. If you're not going to do it, someone else will."

Rosemarie Barica goes with her 16-year-old daughter, Olivia, to every shoot, helping make Olivia modeling savvy.

"I'd probably audition and not do anything crazy like if they told me to do something I didn't feel comfortable with," says Olivia.

But those who run modeling agencies say not all parents are aware.

"This business is a business where you really have to be careful," says Jasmine.

There are a lot of agencies who don't really care about checking out the clients, and a lot of young girls are getting approached in the wrong way by photographers.

Lisa DeLong, says, "There's a lot of parents that are desperate, desperate, desperate to get their kids into modeling.

That's why the models have to be on guard, too.

Katie Johnson, states, "In this industry, modeling and acting, let's face it, sex sells, and so some girls really do take that to the extreme."

But it's the "extreme" that can be avoided before the youth of a child gets taken away.

"Don't give in. If it doesn't feel right, don't do it," Katie says.

The models Fox 29 talked with say you need to be able to trust your agency to pick jobs that are appropriate.  And if you have a complaint about a certain shoot that agency should make sure no one else gets stuck in a similar compromising position.

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