According to a new report, Amazon employees appear to have been caught ‘purchasing services from trafficked sex workers.’
The tech industry has a clear history of sexism and misogyny, but a recent Newsweek report highlights another problem. The publication got its hands on a slew of emails sent to brothels and pimps between 2014 and 2016 that document the industry’s patronage of brothels and purchasing of services from trafficked sex workers. Among the emails, which were obtained through a public records request to the King County Prosecutor’s Office, were 67 sent from Microsoft employee email accounts, 63 from Amazon accounts and dozens more from companies like Boeing, T-Mobile, Oracleand local Seattle tech firms.
Some of the emails were collected during a 2015 sting operation that targeted sex worker review boards and resulted in the arrest of 18 individuals, including high-level Amazon and Microsoft directors. Two opted for a trial, which is currently set to begin in March.
This isn’t the first sex scandal Amazon has been caught up in this year. In a shocking tweetstorm, actress Rose McGowan accused Amazon CEO and Washington Post owner Jeff Bezos of covering up her rape. “Rose McGowan is claiming that Amazon optioned a television series from her only to kill it soon after when she voiced concern about a possible move the company was making to bailout Weinstein,” reported the Daily Mail UK.
In October, TV producer Isa Hackett came forward to reveal vile behavior from top Amazon executive Roy Price. According to The Hollywood Reporter, Roy Price was Amazon’s programming chief until he was fired. Price played a crucial role in Bezos’s new baby — his movie studio.