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A Russian friend of mine may be in a dangerous situation in Washington, DC. My friend and former student K arrived in DC yesterday, along with a friend. She came over on some kind of travel exchange program put together by a Russian travel agency called 'XXXXX'. They paid about 3K for this program. The program promised a job offer in advance, but didn't deliver. They said they would send one via email, but failed there, too. Her contact in the USA barely speaks English, doesn't answer her calls but does answer mine. He has asked her and her friend to meet in NYC tonight around midnight, with promises of hostess work in a lounge. Yes, I know how horrific that sounds- that's why I am working all possible angles here. She is not going to NYC but I need some help handling and understanding how to handle this- I have a friend helping them with a cheap hotel for the night, but that's all at the moment. I am presently driving to LA and could fly her and her friend to meet me there on Satu
This is so amazing - shows that the Internet is really wonderful sometimes.
The most amazing Ask Metafilter thread ever?
Una fiaba dei tempi di internet. Vera. Molto meglio della storia del cellulare perso raccontata da Shirky in "Here Comes Everybody" (ma del resto è accaduta dopo l'uscita del libro).
The most awesome thing I've ever seen.
this is why i'm in love with the internet.. [from]
Use of Metafilter to prevent likely human trafficking. Like Kottke said, this is what the internet is for.
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