Several dozen emails belonging to high-ranking Microsoft and Amazon officials requesting prostitution services have been uncovered. Out of all those emails, 67 were sent from Microsoft employee accounts while 63 were from Amazon. These aren’t the only tech giants whose employees were busted as sources state hundreds of incriminating emails from companies including Boeing, T-Mobile, Oracle and other local firms in the Seattle area have been found.
A media source was able to obtain several emails that were sent to brothels and pimps between 2014 and 2016, detailing how brothels work and how people would buy trafficked sex worker’s services. The publication was able to get a hold of these back and forth exchanges via a public record request made to the Prosecutor’s Office in King County. In addition, the emails were “often disguised as replies to wrong addresses.”
According to local authorities, Seattle’s sex industry can be considered on par with the city’s booming tech industry. They claim that some men can spend up to $50 thousand per year for prostitution services.
A large portion of these emails was made available after a sting operation which occurred in 2015, where 18 people were arrested including high-ranking directors from Amazon and Microsoft.
Sources claim that tech employees would use their work accounts because Seattle pimps require first-time customers to send certified credentials as to prove that they are not with the police.
Some studies point out that the tech industry relies heavily on sex workers, and in this case, on Asian prostitutes. Seattle authorities state that trafficked Asian women service hundreds of men each day in the city.
In the wake of these discoveries, Microsoft has issued a statement in which they condemn these types of “unethical” activities. Even so, the tech giant has said that the actions of a “tiny fraction” of its workforce do not represent their work culture in any way.
“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.” Said Microsoft in its statement.
Amazon has also responded in a similar manner, where they referred to the company’s Owner Manual. In it, Amazon points out that any employee or Contingent Worker that engages in any sex buying activities is against the company’s policy.
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