Online ads are full of sleazy employers looking to make the role of a personal assistant a little too personal, an Inside Edition investigation has found.
Inside Edition went undercover and applied to some of those ads and took hidden cameras on the job interviews.
Posing as a job-seeker, Inside Edition producer Alycia Powers answered several disturbing job listings on Craigslist.
One ad was posted by a man who said he was a banker looking for a “sexy administrative assistant.” He asked our “applicant” to meet her, not at his office, but at a diner in Edison, N.J.
The interview started off friendly, but the man, named Steve, quickly cut to the chase.
"I have quite a libido and I like to vent it,” he said. “Sex, touching, kissing, feeling — the whole nine yards."
He then suggested they go to a nearby motel and get a room.
That’s when Inside Edition's Chief Investigative Correspondent Lisa Guerrero approached him, asking, “Did you just offer a woman a job in exchange for sex?”
"No," he retorted as he tried to cover his face.
Guerrero continued to question him, asking, “Aren't you just a dirty old man taking advantage of young women, sir?”
Powers found another creepy ad on Craigslist posted by a guy looking for a “beautiful” administrative assistant.
The ad read: “You should know that you would need to do extra behind closed doors either before, during or after the normal workday.”
The man who posted the ad told her his name was Mike and invited her for a job “interview,” which took place on a park bench at Battery Park in lower Manhattan.
He said the starting salary paid $60,000, but it sure seemed like he was interested in more than her clerical skills.
“So, like would we have sex?,” Powers asked.
“If we both think it’s a consensual thing, obviously,” he replied. “I thought I’d give it a shot. I figured, oh well, you know if I’m having my cake, I might as well eat it too.”
Guerrero then showed up to end the “interview.”
“I'd like to know if you were asking this young woman to trade sex for a job?” she asked after introducing herself.
“I was not,” he said as he scurried away.
Powers also answered another ad from a man named Joe, who was looking for a “very personal assistant.”
He agreed to meet her at a diner in Tom’s River, N.J.
“You're a very attractive woman and I don't see why I wouldn’t want to spend time with you,” he told her. “If there's good chemistry, then there's good chemistry.”
He talked about his career over eggs Benedict, and it turns out he has a law degree.
Inside Edition learned his name is Joseph Talafous and he's actually a disbarred attorney accused of stealing $1.5 million from his clients. He's pleaded not guilty in that case.
“Before we get to the dollars and cents I’d like you to come and see what's going on,” he said as he invited her back to his home office.
“Any time you say, 'This isn't for me,' [and] you want to pick up and leave, you pick up and leave," he said, adding, “I'm not a captor.”
Guerrero then stepped in and asked the former attorney, “Were you just offering this young woman a job in exchange for sex?"
He denied he was.
Additional reporting by Alycia Powers.