It’s that time of the year. Christmas is only a couple weeks away and many of us are neck-deep in holiday shopping. Perhaps you want to skip out on the busy malls and do some of your shopping online. Not a bad idea…
However, before you turn to eBay, the world’s 2nd most visited online marketplace, there are a few things you should know.
Ebay is in the business of selling childlike sex abuse dolls, spycams advertising specifically for filming women nude without their consent, and other products that normalize sexual abuse and exploitation. This is why NCOSE named eBay to the 2023 Dirty Dozen List. And it is why we are now encouraging all holiday shoppers to call on eBay to clean up their act!
Childlike Sex Abuse Dolls
Because sex dolls are permitted on eBay, many sellers have predictably fashioned dolls which resemble children and teens. Many of the dolls are advertised with phrases such as “school girl,” are flat-chested or wearing training bras, are pictured next to stuffed animals, etc.
While some have argued that childlike sex abuse dolls may help curb pedophilic tendencies by providing an “outlet” that doesn’t require harming a real child, it is more likely that these dolls actually encourage pedophilia. Research shows that childlike sex abuse dolls may increase the likelihood that a pedophile will act out on a real child. The dolls serve to normalize and desensitize users to child sexual abuse by “fuel[ing] the fantasy perception of children as sexual beings.”
Spycams Advertised for Filming Women Nude Without Consent
NCOSE researchers found multiple spycams on eBay that are advertised with images of women showering or engaging in sexual activity. It is abundantly clear that these tools are being promoted specifically to film women nude or in sexual situations without their knowledge or consent. This is a type of image-based sexual abuse—a rapidly growing form of sexual violence which causes significant, ongoing trauma to survivors. It is simply unconscionable that eBay is allowing its sellers to blatantly encourage and facilitate this crime.
Your Proven Power as Potential Purchaser
YOU have the power to move eBay to change. The proof is in our previous victories!
Thanks to people like you taking action in our past campaigns, Amazon, Etsy, Wish, and Alibaba have already taken measures to rid their marketplaces of childlike sex dolls and spy cams advertising for filming women nude without their consent. Let’s make sure eBay is next!
We are not saying you need to skip eBay in your Christmas shopping. There are certainly times to boycott companies (and NCOSE has called for that in the past), but often it is just as or more effective when customers press on the corporation to change. And even if you are not a customer, for-profits consider everyone a potential customer, so your influence is still great.
Please use your power! Call on eBay to stop normalizing sexual exploitation by filling out the action form below.