Many employees of Seattle big tech companies, such as Microsoft, Amazon, Oracle, T-Mobile, Boeing and more, were found to be involved in Asian sex trades.
Newsweek recently obtained the cache of tech company emails via a public records request to the King County Prosecutor’s Office. The cache found illicit Asian sex trafficking from 2012 to 2016 with 67 emails sent from Microsoft, 63 sent from Amazon and much more coming from other tech companies located in Seattle. The report said the amount of found records are only a tip of the iceberg.
The brothels in the city even have the audacity to advertise in proximity to Microsoft headquarters with glaring copies: “New Open Mind Asian Hot Sweet Pretty Face Nice Body Top Service (Bellevue-Redmond near Microsoft)” and “Certifiably Sexy Student Nuru Massage 69 Tongue Bath (Bellevue-Redmond Microsoft Access)”
To prove interested buyers were not cops, Seattle pimps demanded first-timer to provide employee’s email address or badge before proceeding.
Hundreds of emails were sent to various brothels in hope that the employees could seal a hot deal of sex after work. According to the report, the emails collected during a sting operation in 2015 found three online review boards with over 18,000 men rating and discussing a small group of Korean women. The operation had arrested 18 people, including top-level Amazon and Microsoft directors, where two of which will begin trial in March 2018.
Studies suggest that tech companies were overwhelmed by male workers where they would endure long and lonely hours staring at computer screens. Such routine makes tech workers more prone to prostitution compared to other workforce.
A source presaged that the seized emails reflected only a small percentage of the involved men in the companies. When comparing the records and the number of brothels and massage parlors, what authorities have seized were just a fraction of the grand scheme.
Department of Justice found that Seattle is the fastest-growing sex industry in the United States, more than doubling in size between 2005 and 2012, Newsweek reports.
The illicit growth of sex industry in Seattle parallels with the growth of tech industry there. It also correlates with the high-earning power employees, since this “hobby” (the urban word used to describe sex trade) can be expensive. It’s reported that some men spent $30,000 to $50,000 a year in prostitution.
If that number doesn’t scare you enough, it’s also reported that 6,487 people solicited sex on just one out of 100 sex trade websites in mere 24-hour. Imagine all websites have the same traffic, it would be over 50 thousand. Each Asian prostitute was also reported to have had sex with up to 15 men a day.
One of the pimps even admitted that most of the women were forced into prostitution because they were “in debt bondage and in fear for their lives or the safety of their families.”
Source: Business Insider
In response, Microsoft and Amazon have released statements and announced the process of obliterating illegal sex solicitation is at work.
“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.
“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.”
Amazon said the company is also working on the matter meticulously, “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.’ 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.”
Although local authorities have successfully cracked down the online review boards in 2015, the rated women were neither prosecuted nor rescued. Seattle Against Slavery executive director Robert Beiser said that the women merely vanished from the Seattle.