September 11, 2018

STATEMENT: Amazon Removes 9 Books Promoting Rape and Sexual Assault

Most of the author’s content remains available


Washington, DC – Amazon recently removed 9 books from their online store by “pickup artist” Daryush “Roosh” Valizadeh. Valizadeh earns money through self-publishing books on Amazon describing his sexual encounters in foreign countries, including actual confessions of sexual assault and rape. These books are meant to serve as guides for men on how to “pickup” women.

In today’s #MeToo culture, we cannot turn a blind eye to content openly promoting sexual harassment, abuse, and degradation of women. Unfortunately, even after removing these books, Amazon continues to sell content promoting and glorifying sexual assault and abuse,” said Dawn Hawkins, Executive Director of the National Center on Sexual Exploitation. 

“While we applaud Amazon’s recent step to remove these 9 books, 16 of the author’s books promoting sexual entitlement remain. Amazon earned a spot on our 2018 Dirty Dozen List, which names 12 mainstream facilitators of sexual exploitation, for facilitating sexual exploitation through the sale of products sexualizing children and commoditizing/degrading women,” Hawkins continued. “Such products include child nudity photography books, sex dolls with child-like features, and books that serve as how-to guides for sexual assault (such as Valizadeh’s) and sex trafficking.”

“Because Amazon is free to remove any content that does not follow their terms and conditions, we urge Amazon to make the correct decision and further remove all content sexualizing women and children,” Hawkins concluded.

National Center on Sexual Exploitation

Founded in 1962, the National Center on Sexual Exploitation (NCOSE) is the leading national organization exposing the links between all forms of sexual exploitation such as child sexual abuse, prostitution, sex trafficking and the public health crisis of pornography.

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