A fashion model who worked for an agency owned by Republican presidential candidate Donald TrumpDonald John TrumpSchiff urges GOP colleagues to share private concerns about Trump publicly US-China trade talks draw criticism for lack of women in pictures Overnight Defense: Trump to leave 200 troops in Syria | Trump, Kim plan one-on-one meeting | Pentagon asks DHS to justify moving funds for border wall MORE said she was treated "like a slave," ABC News reported Thursday.

In a lawsuit against the agency, Alexia Palmer said she made only $3,880 and cash advances of $1,100 over three years. She said the agency deducted money for services including cellphone and airfare to photo shoots.


“That’s what slavery people do,” Palmer told ABC News. “You work and don’t get no money.”

Trump Model Management had filed immigration documents and said the model would work full-time and earn $75,000 a year. During her time, she was not allowed to work anywhere else in the U.S. because of the terms of her visa. 

“Anything she's saying about being treated as a slave is completely untrue,” said Trump's attorney, Alan Garten.

“The greater demand for the model, the better that model does. In the case of the individual you're talking about, there wasn't — unfortunately — a lot of demand for the model.”

Robert Divine, a former chief counsel to United States Citizenship and Immigration Services during the Bush administration, said "somebody's got some explaining to do."

“It would be extraordinarily unusual for that to be legal," he said.

Palmer was 17 when she signed with the agency.

“I was very excited because all the girls in Jamaica wanted to be signed with an agency [in New York],” she said. “When I went there, they were telling me ... I’m going to sign with an agency and my life is going to change.”

Trump has taken criticism from his rivals about his use of the guest worker visa. Trump used the visa program to employ foreign workers at his country club resorts. He defended his use of the program by saying American workers wouldn't want to take seasonal jobs.