October 13, 2017

Amazon, Stop Turning a Blind Eye to the Sexual Harms You Promote

In the wake of Hollywood’s Harvey Weinstein scandal, Amazon Studio’s Chief Roy Price was suspended yesterday following allegations of sexual harassment leveled against him by a producer for Amazon Studios.

Corporate leaders create corporate culture. If the people at the top are engaging in sexual harassment, or other forms of sexual exploitation and abuse, it is no surprise when the company’s ethos and policies reflect their harmful behavior.

Amazon is a target of our 2017 Dirty Dozen List for selling sexually exploitive items in several categories, from pimping and sex trafficking how-to manuals, to sexually graphic and degrading original Amazon Prime content, photography books featuring eroticized child nudity, and more. Amazon’s laissez fair attitude toward its sale of sexually exploitive materials is not happening in a vacuum.

Following the Harvey Weinstein scandal, more victims feel empowered to speak out against high-profile perpetrators of sexual abuse. But the cultural outcry shouldn’t end there. Today, we again are calling on Amazon’s leadership to stop turning a blind eye the role their services play in perpetuating sexual exploitation for the rest of the American people.

Powerful corporations need to be held accountable for the influence they have on society. Unfortunately, Amazon is responsible for perpetuating a culture of sexual exploitation. We offer to meet and work with Amazon to improve these policies, and we will continue to advocate for changes to their corporate ethos and policy.

Dawn Hawkins

Chief Executive Officer

Dawn Hawkins is CEO of the National Center on Sexual Exploitation, the leading organization exposing the connections between all forms of sexual exploitation, including sex trafficking, prostitution, pornography, and child sexual abuse. Dawn’s energy, creativity and mobilization skills are deployed to build a world free from sexual violence, with freedom and human dignity for all.

Dawn is deeply committed to bipartisan political solutions at the federal and state level. Her issue expertise, visionary initiatives, and innovative strategy have led to groundbreaking change in the legislative arena and in multimillion-dollar corporate policies.

Dawn has been instrumental in re-imaging the National Center on Sexual Exploitation. She has centered the need to address buyer demand for commercial sex, called out corporate entities facilitating exploitation through the annual Dirty Dozen List, fostered an international movement, and constantly: advocates for survivors. Her work has sparked change at Google, Hilton Worldwide, Comcast, Walmart, the Department of Defense, Instagram, TikTok, and other influential firms. Dawn has appeared on many television programs, including CNN, Fox & Friends, and Good Morning America. She regularly authors articles and speaks around the country addressing the public health harms of pornography, curbing demand for sex trafficking, protecting children and families in our digital world, and more.

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