This past Thursday, over 60 models — most from western countries like the United States and European nations — were taken into custody by Chinese officials for working illegally under tourist visas.
A source tells us that Beijing police set up a fake casting at Chinese agency M3 in order to find models who were working illegally. Those who showed up were taken into custody and had their passports and cell phones confiscated.
At the time of reporting, four models were arrested and about another 60 were in custody; most will probably be deported. The models who have been arrested have not been given a release date; our source says the earliest reported date is May 23.
There are also reports of models arrested in Guangzhou, near Hong Kong, who have given out addresses of model apartments in an effort to be cooperative. Our source in China says that models who have not been arrested are advising one another not to open their doors to strangers, not to answer phones and not to turn on the lights in their apartments at night.