2017 was riddled with scandal, both from political figures and not.
Between allegations made against major celebrities like Harvey Weinstein and Kevin Spacey and political leaders like Hillary Clinton and Al Franken, 2017 saw many fall from favor–and even some like Anthony Weiner land in jail.
But the biggest scandal of 2017 just broke, and it may be the most shocking of all.
It was recently reported that high-level Amazon and Microsoft directors are facing charges for having their hands in a sex trafficking sting.
The sting was based on emails sent to brothels, which Newsweek was the first to get their hands on.
The emails were sent between brothels, pimps, and the executives between 2014 and 2016, and document the patronage of brothels and the purchase of services from trafficked sex workers.
“Among the emails, which were obtained through a public records request to the King County Prosecutor’s Office, were 67 sent from Microsoft employee email accounts, 63 from Amazon accounts and dozens more from companies like Boeing, T-Mobile, Oracle and local Seattle tech firms,” the report claims. “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 revelation that Amazon and Microsoft directors were implicated in the sting prompted the two companies to release statements condemning sex trafficking.
“Microsoft has a long history of cooperating with law enforcement and other agencies on combating sex trafficking and related topics, and we have employees who volunteer their time and money specifically to combat this issue as well. The personal conduct of a tiny fraction of our 125,000 employees does not in any way represent our culture,” declared Microsoft. “No organization is immune to the unfortunate situation when employees act unethically or illegally. When that happens, we look into the conduct and take appropriate action. Microsoft makes it clear to our employees they have a responsibility to act with integrity and conduct themselves in a legal and ethical manner at all times. If they don’t, they risk losing their jobs.”
In Amazon’s statement, the company pointed out that paying for sex was against their employee policy.
“Amazon’s Owner’s Manual clearly states that, ‘It is against Amazon’s policy for any employee or Contingent Worker to engage in any sex buying activities of any kind in Amazon’s workplace or in any work-related setting outside of the workplace, such as during business trips, business meetings or business-related social events,’” the online retailer proclaimed. “When Amazon suspects that an employee has used company funds or resources to engage in criminal conduct, the company will immediately investigate and take appropriate action up to and including termination. The company may also refer the matter to law enforcement.”
Several emails sent from tech company employees via their work addresses simply replied, “I think you might have the wrong email address,” which Newsweek explained is common to verify the identity of a first-time buyer.
“They were on their work accounts because Seattle pimps routinely asked first-time sex-buyers to prove they were not cops by sending an employee email or badge,” Newsweek claimed, adding that the prostitutes were predominantly Asian and had sex with between 5 and 15 men a day.
Both Amazon and Microsoft are major American corporations and are irrevocably part of everyday society.
Users frequent Amazon for online shopping, and Microsoft not only created PCs, but many useful software programs such as Word, Excel, Publisher, and more.
If high-level executives from these companies truly had their hands in this nefarious scandal, it could mean disaster for the tech industry.
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