A group battling pornography and all forms of sexual exploitation is challenging a major online retailer to stop catering to sexual predators.
The National Center on Sexual Exploitation has sent a letter to Amazon asking the Internet-based business to stop selling certain items that are objectionable, if not illegal. NCSE spokesperson Haley Halverson describes the nature of the offensive items.
"Some eroticized child nudity photographs and some clothing that sexualizes the babies who are wearing them, some child-like sex dolls, and even some books that are giving instructions on essentially how to sex-traffic women," she tells OneNewsNow.
Halverson points out that Amazon is even selling books by Jock Sturges, who produces erotic photos of children and calls it "art." Sturges has not been successfully prosecuted. Halverson says his work is not the innocent family photos of unclothed children.
"The way that I like to think about it," she says, "is, if a man in your neighborhood took these pictures of your child which feature eroticized nudity [and] focus on the genitals, you would not say, Oh, what a lovely art project you did – you would call the police. These are the kinds of images that we're talking about."
NCSE is urging consumers to contact Amazon executives and ask them to remove the objectionable content. Amazon is among the group's "2016 Dirty Dozen List."