A porn star may just have exposed a 'major European sex trafficking operation'

Jake Hall
Sunday 22 April 2018 11:45
Showbiz

In November 2016, Aleexandra Kefren made international headlines when she appeared on This Morning to discuss a plan to sell her virginity.

Then just 18 years old, the teenager claimed that she would be selling through an agency, which would take a 20 per cent cut – down from a previously-suggested 50 per cent.

Kefren also appeared not have considered the health and safety implications of the plan, instead focussing her attention on money, which she says she was in desperate need of.

A few months later, it was reported that the deal had been done for £2million. In an official statement, she claimed a hotel room had already been booked with an unknown Hong Kong businessman and named the aforementioned agency:

I wanted to sell my virginity with Cinderella Escorts rather than giving it to a future friend who might have left me anyway. And I think many other girls have the same outfit.

How many would possibly forgo their first time in retrospect if they could have £2million instead?

Now, more than a year later, award-winning porn actress and producer Harriet Sugarcookie has caught up with Kefren and delved deeper, conducting a lengthy video interview which suggests that the whole story was actually a publicity stunt.

It never happened. There was no bidder – it was a non-existent person.

She then says that she was approached online by a man who simply offered her the chance to become famous. Kefren claims his idea was to build her reputation as a model and then use her status to promote Cinderella Escorts by fabricating the story that she was selling her virginity.

When we were talking about the whole plan, I was just 17. He lied to me a lot.

He told me that he would never use my name, so my parents, my friends, everybody from my country would never know it was me.

Kefren states that was untrue. As well as almost being disowned by her parents, Kefren’s face and story were splashed across international media alongside stories which she describes as “media attacks”. She says she became severely depressed, a condition then aggravated by constant public exposure which led to death threats and, she states, even a number of suicide attempts.

Unsurprisingly, she then says that the agency then abandoned her. She says she had received no official payment aside from the booking fees and expenses paid by TV appearances and modelling jobs. According to Kefren, promises had been broken, leaving her struggling alone with global hatred aimed squarely at her instead of the company which had literally written her alleged script of lies. She speaks of regret, stating:

I’m so sorry that I [have been] a very negative influence for girls and teenagers – I don’t want to do that any more.

She then describes receiving hundreds of emails of girls desperate to follow in her fictional footsteps and sell their own virginity, all of which she responded to with "the truth": that she had saved her own first time for the “love of her life”.

Press attention has still been focussed often on Cinderella Escorts, with a number of other women since coming out to claim that they too had sold their virginity through the company. Sugarcookie, however, continued her investigation and has since claimed that these reports are false.

Instead, she alleged that these stories are all designed to lure girls into flying to Athens and working in "seedy brothels".

She later summarised her findings in a lengthy video, in which she detailed stories of emotional abuse and bribery designed to fraudulently lure innocent teenagers into low-paid sex work.

Sugarcookie is seeking to raise awareness of the situation – which she describes as a sex trafficking ring operating via media manipulation, the obscuration of various identities and a string of false claims.

Update. Cinderella Escorts has asked us to make clear it disputes Aleexandra Kefren’s account that the plan to sell her virginity was a hoax. The site says the “sale” did not proceed because it discovered that Kefren had a boyfriend. The site also says it makes no secret that it works with sex workers, noting that “our main topic are escorts/sex workers”.

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