Three missing Colorado women have online profiles on Model Mayhem or Talent Explore

Three missing Colorado women share several similarities: they're all young, pretty and have modeling profiles on Model Mayhem.

Kara Nichols, 19, of Colorado Springs has been missing since Oct. 9. She told her roommates she was going to Denver for a modeling job and disappeared.

Kelsie Schelling, 22, of Denver, was last seen Feb. 4. She's believed to be in Pueblo where her boyfriend lives. Her empty car was discovered in Pueblo without any clues to her whereabouts.

Now we've learned that Raven Cassidy Furlong, 17, has been missing from Aurora since Feb. 5. Police consider her a runaway.

Raven's mother, Lin Furlong, told 7NEWS she received a brief phone call from the teen on Tuesday afternoon.

 "She said she couldn't talk, she's gotta go. It's not her phone,” the mother said.  "It was total relief to know she's OK. She's alive.  I'm still really scared for her.  I'm really nervous."

Raven's family says they fear a predator saw her on-line profile, met up with her and may be holding her. They say they're concerned Model Mayhem had a role in the teen's disappearance

"There might be some legitimate photographers on there, but I think it's a gateway for trafficking young women," Lin Furlong said.

Furlong and Nichols have modeling profiles on the social networking website Model Mayhem. KRDO-TV found a modeling profile that appears to be Schelling's on site called Explore Talent.

Jillian Mourning knows firsthand about the potential dangers behind modeling websites. Six years ago, the now 25-year-old professional model got connected to a "manager" on Model Mayhem. She says things went fine at first, but took a dark turn when she was in Arizona for a shoot.

"He came into my room with three guys, and they all proceeded to rape me," recalled Mourning. "They took pictures of it, and would even show me pictures of things that I was doing, and videotaped the whole thing."
Mourning said her manager went on to blackmail her.

"He contacted me and said, 'If you don't agree to continue to do these types of things, I'm going to put these videos of you being raped on the Internet and tie them to your name,'" said Mourning.

She says at 19 years old she felt trapped. She said she was trafficked and forced to have sex with men for six months until her manager went to prison for an unrelated crime.

"God was definitely on my side and looking out for me," Mourning said. "Because I really don't know how else it would have ended."

She's now a public speaker who shares her story and warns about the dangers of the modeling world. She's started an advocacy group called All We Want Is Love that fights against trafficking.

Mourning advises aspiring models to work with legitimate agencies and if they do make contacts on their own, to check references and research the people they're working with.

The owner of Model Mayhem, Internet Brands, said in an emailed statement that it cooperates with all law enforcement investigations involving people on the site.

"Model Mayhem strongly believes that safety should be top of mind when doing anything online. Because there are scams on the Internet, Model Mayhem tries to educate users about scams and how to avoid them. The site offers detailed safety advice to help members understand what to look for when they are contacted by others. This can be found here," said public relations manager Joe Ewaskiw. "The site also has a feedback mechanism called 'Contact a Moderator' that allows any member to let site moderators know of any suspicious activity they encounter. Moderators view and respond to each and every inquiry."

Model Mayhem has an F rating with the Better Business Bureau.

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