Microsoft, Amazon employees bought services from trafficked sex workers

Published on December 26, 2017

In a shocking turn of events, America-based weekly magazine Newsweek has discovered that Amazon and Microsoft employees have paid for services from trafficked sex workers. The investigation – which was originally published on December 21 – found many other technology firms based in Seattle to be associated with trafficked sex workers.

Microsoft, Amazon employees bought services from trafficked sex workers.

According to a report by Khaleej Times, the employees belonging to big technology firms including Amazon and Microsoft have been found to be exchanging email messages with brothels and pimps from their very own company accounts. This was apparently done with the intention of obtaining services of trafficked Asian women. American publication Newsweek was able to obtain records of emails that were sent to brothel between the years, 2014 to 2016.

The emails were obtained by Newsweek through a public records request to the King County Prosecutor’s Office. It was discovered that about sixty-seven percent of the emails were sent from employees holding accounts with Microsoft and about sixty-three percent of them were sent from sent from Amazon employees. Other companies wherein employees were involved in direct association with trafficked sex workers are Boeing, Oracle, T-Mobile among other local Seattle-based technology 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,” the report by Khaleej Times suggested. Microsoft responded to Newsweek by stating that it had cooperated with law enforcement and other agencies to combat sex trafficking in the past and will continue to do so.

“The personal conduct of a tiny fraction of our 125,000 employees does not in any way represent our culture. No organization is immune to the unfortunate situation when employees act unethically or illegally,” Microsoft reportedly said in a statement.

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