#minorsextrafficking | Amazon shoppers spot bag for sale containing ‘photo of a child with tape over its mouth’

Amazon shoppers are left horrified after spotting bag for sale containing ‘photo of a child with tape over its mouth’

  • Amazon customers complained to the retailer after a ‘horrifying’ bag listing
  • Shoppers noticed the bag had a photo of a face with ‘tape on its mouth’ inside 
  • Laura Harper, 30, shared screenshots of the bag with Amazon’s Facebook page
  • Ms Harper, from East Yorkshire, said the photo was removed ‘within ten minutes’

Horrified Amazon shoppers have complained to the retailer after allegedly spotting a bag for sale containing ‘a photo of a child with tape over its mouth’.   

Eagle-eyed customers say they noticed the ‘disturbing’ image inside a Dallas Cowboys sports bag on Tuesday and began flooding Amazon with complaints.

The picture shows the sports bag with its zip partially open, to show customers the product’s inner lining.

But instead the ‘horrifying’ photo appears to show part of a face with an eye looking out.

Eagle-eyed shoppers have complained to Amazon after apparently spotting a Dallas Cowboys sports bag for sale on the retailer’s website containing ‘a photo of a child with tape over its mouth’ (above)

Other customers suggested the child’s mouth appears to have tape over it.  

The photo has since been deleted and ‘discontinued’ by sellers The Northwest Company. 

The sellers said it was not the ‘image of a child’ but a picture from a ‘magazine cover’, which was added ‘to give the illusion of the bag with contents inside it’. 

Laura Harper, from Kingston Upon Hull in East Yorkshire, was one of the horrified customers to complain to Amazon and even shared screenshots of the product on social media. 

She posted the product listing on Amazon’s Facebook page, saying: ‘Are you s****** me?’

The 30-year-old had been alerted to the images by others on social media and after checking herself, she saw the listing online. 

Laura Harper from Kingston Upon Hull in East Yorkshire (pictured) was alerted to the images by people on social media and after checking herself, she found the 'disgusting' photos

Laura Harper from Kingston Upon Hull in East Yorkshire (pictured) was alerted to the images by people on social media and after checking herself, she found the ‘disgusting’ photos

Ms Harper said: ‘I clicked on the link and that’s when I found the photos.

‘I screenshotted and posted them to the Amazon Facebook page, wanting an explanation and within ten minutes, the photo in question had been removed and the product was listed as ‘unavailable’.

‘I was disgusted. There’s a few conspiracy theories but I think it must be a very sick joke.’

A 33-year-old mother said she had a similar experience when searching for a school bag for her son. 

The mother from Glasgow, who did not wish to be named, spotted the photo of the sports bag yesterday. 

She said: ‘I was horrified by it.

‘I took screenshots straight away and got in touch with Amazon through live chat. 

Ms Harper, 30, shared screenshots of the product with Amazon's Facebook page (above) wanting an explanation and said the photo had been removed 'within ten minutes'

Ms Harper, 30, shared screenshots of the product with Amazon’s Facebook page (above) wanting an explanation and said the photo had been removed ‘within ten minutes’

‘Whilst I was on live chat to customer service I searched for the item again and it had been removed.

‘I sent the screenshots to Amazon who assured me it would be investigated, but had no idea how it got on there or why it was on there.’

Amazon removed the images when the issue was raised and took action against the seller. 

Other shoppers are reported to have come forward with similar reports. 

Virginia Lyszczar wrote to Amazon saying: ‘I would like to report a seller, can you please check this out? Particularly picture number two, it’s disturbing.’

Naomi Carnahan said: ‘Explain why there is a child with a taped mouth in this pack back?’

Ross Auerbach, President and CEO of The Northwest Company, said: ‘The image portrayed in images of the Leadoff Sling Backpack is not an image of a child. The image is that of a Magazine Cover. The image – acquired by Northwest when it purchased the backpack division from Concept One Inc. – depicts a magazine cover that was digitally placed inside the backpack to give the illusion of the bag with contents inside it. 

‘After an internal review of the images acquired from Concept One by Northwest, we determined to discontinue use of this particular image. Northwest is in the process of removing the image from all depictions of the Leadoff Sling Backpack, and we sincerely apologise for any offence this particular image caused our customers and anyone who viewed it.

‘Northwest is a family-owned and managed company. We strongly and unequivocally condemn human trafficking in any form. Northwest is a proud supporter of Amnesty International, the Polaris Project, and many other organisations dedicated to eradicating human rights abuses.’

An Amazon spokesperson said: ‘All sellers must follow our selling guidelines and those who do not will be subject to action including potential removal of their account.’ 


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