A young Sydney woman's dream of beginning a modelling career in Singapore turned into a nightmare after false promises of work left her living on one meal a day.
According to DivaAsia.com, the 22-year-old blonde who says her name is Natalie moved to Singapore in hopes of getting modelling work via a local agency but has not been offered a single paying job so far.
Natalie, who appears gaunt and hungry, says she received scholarships from The National Institute of Dramatic Arts and Newtown Performing Arts High School, according to a report about her in local Chinese newspaper Shin Min.
"Now I only have less than 100 dollars left. With that money, I can only allow myself one meal a day," the Daily Telegraph quoted her as saying.
In desperate forum posts on Singapore Expats, she tells how her dreams of becoming an international model were shattered.
"I was promised there would be heaps of work available for me by the agency," she said.
"I attend dozens of castings and auditions per week but there are a lot of international models models competing for the work. So far I have not gained one paid job.
"All the cash I brought with me has gone after paying for short term accommodation, food, transport, a phone etc.
"I currently have temporary accommodation which ends soon and then I have no where to go," she added.
DviaAsia.com reports that Natalie has advertised her services as a nanny but so far mostly received offers of sex work, despite clearly stating she will not perform 'adult services'.
"All the e-mails I received have asked me to provide sexual services. I will never do so," she said.