Amazon Under Fire For Selling eBook About Sex Tourism
via Huffington Post:
Love146, a group that fights child trafficking and exploitation, has successfully lobbied Amazon to take down Age of Consent: A Sex Tourists Guide!, a self-published eBook by Peter F. Friedmann.
Here is the book's creepy description:
In some countries it is even illegal to have sex outside of marriage, with severe consequences if you are caught doing so! On the flipside, there are many countries on this planet where the age of consent is as low as 12 or 13... This $3.49 will keep you out of jail, possibly the most important few dollars that any red blooded testosterone pumped traveler will spend.
Other books by Friedmann are still available, including a guide to sex tourism in Bangkok.
Amazon's publishing policies say that books can't contain pornography, non-exclusive, illegal, or offensive content. While that final one is a little vague, Love146 certainly found it offensive, and the book did break some other rules: At 18 pages it wasn't so much a book as a series of lists that are widely available on the internet. The cover also violated the copyright policy.
This isn't the first time Amazon has butted up against issues related to creepy-ass self-published books. In 2010, they were forced to remove The Pedophiles Guide to Love and Pleasure.
Now, if you search for The Pedophiles Guide to Love and Pleasure, the first result is The Parent's Guide to Protecting Children from Pedophiles. I wonder if that's intentional.
So, we know the sex tourism book violated some of Amazon's policies about publishable content. That aside, let's talk about censorship. Should it have been taken down from the store? Should it have been left up? What do you think? And how stringent should Amazon be in policing the eBooks it makes available for sale?
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