The online sales giant Amazon stopped the sale, this fall, of an erotic doll with a juvenile look denounced by a woman from Châteauguay.
Donna MacDonald shared on her Facebook account on August 24 the announcement of the product intended for masturbation. “This lifelike doll looks like a little girl. It is a sex toy and the description of its use is very explicit. It’s disgusting, ”writes the citizen. “There are two major issues in the world today,” she adds. Child trafficking and child sexual abuse. No child should endure fear or abuse of any kind. I ask you to bombard Amazon with your concerns and demand not to promote these products. “
Its post elicited more than 90 comments. The vast majority approving his initiative.
Two days after Ms. MacDonald’s post on August 26, the Journal de Montréal reported the seizure of an erotic child doll in Saguenay. Its owner has been charged with possession of child pornography. The outcome of the legal proceedings is not known.
On the other hand, the Court of Quebec rendered a decision in a similar case on June 9, 2020. Judge Jean Asselin then concluded that a young-looking sex doll bought on the Internet constituted child pornography.
Is the doll for sale on Amazon also illegal? Le Soleil de Châteauguay newspaper forwarded this question to the Quebec City Police Department, which seized the model in question at trial.
“After checking our investigations section which handled the file, this doll has nothing in common with the one linked to the file,” the SPVQ indicated in an email on September 21. “As to whether the product in question constitutes child pornography, it would be appropriate to have everything checked by a lawyer to be sure or to make a complaint to your local police department to validate it all,” said the Quebec police.
The Chateauguay police invited the newspaper to contact the prosecutors at the Valleyfield courthouse.
Le Soleil de Châteauguay wrote to Amazon on September 16 asking if she was sure that the doll in question was respecting the law?
“We are investigating the product,” said a company employee in a phone call. She argued that Amazon sells millions of products and the company has rules that must be followed. Employees are monitoring the site and some products are being reported by people, she said.
A few days later, on September 22, the newspaper found that the doll was “currently unavailable” on the Amazon site. “We do not know when this item will be back in stock or if it will be,” the site informs.
The company’s gesture delighted Donna MacDonald. ” I am very happy. This doll is disgusting. The big corporations must stop using this to make a profit, ”she commented.
Amazon added the following message to the doll’s listing for sale on its site: