Amazon and Microsoft Employees Caught in Sex Trafficking Sting

Amazon and Microsoft Employees Caught in Sex Trafficking Sting featured

Silicon Valley has suffered from a ‘male-domination’ drawback for an extended whereas; lengthy earlier than the #metoo motion went viral on social media. Nevertheless, in an act of full disregard for human rights (or firm insurance policies), some Amazon and Microsoft workers have been caught partaking in acquiring sex-services from trafficked sex-workers.

A number of emails obtained by Newsweek go on to indicate {that a} variety of workers from these two main corporations ceaselessly engaged with brothels and pimps, sending emails backward and forward utilizing their work emails. The emails, typically disguised as replies to improper addresses included ones from workers of main Silicon Valley corporations like Amazon, Microsoft, Oracle, Boeing and T-Cell.

Silicon Valley mired in sex-trafficking scandal
Silicon Valley in recent controversy (Christian Rondeau | CC-BY 2.0)

The Silicon Valley intercourse trade has grown up proper alongside the tech trade, and authorities have reported that some males spend as much as $50,000 a yr on sex-workers. Brothels even promote how shut they’re to workplaces of main corporations, as seen by a investigative search carried out by Newsweek itself.

The sting, began again in 2015, has resulted within the arrest of 18 workers, together with high-ranking administrators from Amazon and Microsoft, with two folks reportedly having opted to go to trial, set to start in March subsequent yr.

In an announcement to Newsweek, Microsoft mentioned, “Microsoft has an extended historical past of cooperating with regulation enforcement and different businesses on combating intercourse trafficking and associated matters, and we now have workers who volunteer their money and time particularly to fight this challenge as nicely. The private conduct of a tiny fraction of our 125,000 workers doesn’t in any manner characterize our tradition.”

The Redmond large additionally added that if workers act in an unethical or unlawful method, the corporate takes acceptable response, and will even terminate the staff’ jobs.

Amazon informed Newsweek that it’s conducting an investigation into the matter — “When Amazon suspects that an worker has used firm funds or sources to have interaction in legal conduct, the corporate will instantly examine and take acceptable motion as much as and together with termination. The corporate may refer the matter to regulation enforcement.”

It’s clear that main tech corporations have an extended solution to go with regards to how ladies are handled; not simply as workers inside the corporate, but in addition as human beings exterior. Whereas corporations could also be taking acceptable steps in opposition to such actions gaining traction inside their cultures, stings similar to this one solely go to indicate that extra must be completed, and rapidly, earlier than the tech trade turns into an much more hostile a spot for ladies.