Late last night, a friend brought something disturbing to my attention. Amazon, it seems, decided it would be a good idea to make an extremely disturbing publication available for the Kindle: Age Of Consent: A Sex Tourist’s Guide 2012 *note: Inclusion of this link is to enable easier reporting of content.
The guide outlines the age of consent in various countries around the globe, and, in a shocking move which aimed to minimise and normalise Sex Tourism, particularly with a minor, peddled the guide as “$3.49 which could keep you out of jail”, whilst informing rapists of children* (sorry, should that be potential buyers? Nah…) that, on the flipside of the age of consent being higher in some countries, that there are many countries where the age of consent is lower.
Through providing such a product, Amazon has not only promoted the Sex Tourism trade, but it has told rapists of children where they could potentially escape charges for child sex offences. Amazon has, in one publication, minimised child sex abuse, and normalised it, implying that not only is it legal in some countries, but “Hey! Other men are doing it too, y’know!”
I call on Amazon to remove this product immediately. I urge the readers of this post to do the same, by signing this petition. Although the product is no longer for sale, its details are still available through Amazon’s website.
I further call on all relevant agencies, INCLUDING AMAZON, to work together to prosecute the people who have purchased, produced and distributed this publication. As outlined by the Foreign And Commonwealth Office, British citizens and residents can be prosecuted for having sex with a child whilst out of the country. Tourism is no excuse to allow the rape of children.
For those who are reblogging this outside of the UK, please feel free to provide localised information for combating men involved in this crime.
*I have referred to rapists of children throughout this blogpost, as I feel the term “paedophile” minimises the crime. These men are rapists, and to refer to them in a term which translates into “lover of children” is deeply offensive to those affected by such crimes.
^Update 1 of 1: This product was removed in the early hours of August 3rd, 2012.