• Clodagh Meaney

Alibaba remove child sex abuse dolls from sale following campaign by Australian charity

Collective Shout launched an investigation into the online retailer which found the replica dolls for sale

Trigger warning: Child sex abuse.

E-Commerce site Alibaba have removed all listings of 'child sex abuse dolls' following a campaign by an Australian charity.

Collective Shout, a charity advocating for the end of sexual exploitation of women and children in media, pop culture and advertising, have welcomed the actions of the Alibaba Group.

It came following a two-week investigation into the online retailer, where researchers found large numbers of replica child dolls modelled on the bodies of "pre-pubescent girls, toddlers and babies."

The organisation uncovered life-like sex dolls marketed as ‘young girl’, ‘flat chest’, ‘mini’ and ‘loli’ sold by 23 suppliers on the marketplace. One of the investigators revealed that they were sent a video demonstrating the special ‘features’ of an anatomically-correct baby.

In a statement the charity said: "We asked how, at a time when there is more awareness of child sexual abuse than ever, a multi-billion dollar mainstream corporation like Alibaba could profit from normalising the abuse of infants by facilitating user’s fantasies of raping a child."

"We commend Alibaba Group’s demonstration of corporate social responsibility. We are grateful to have had the intervention of Alibaba’s Australia and NZ Lifestyle Ambassador Jessica Rudd and her Twitter response that 'These items are abhorrent and they simulate the most abhorrent crimes.'

"We welcome the company’s invitation to work more closely with them in future, to ensure this never happens again."

A spokesman for Alibaba said: “Alibaba.com is an online marketplace connecting buyers and sellers around the world. We would like to thank Collective Shout for alerting us to listings which violated Alibaba.com’s user terms and conditions."

"We maintain a robust product listing policy that prohibits the listing by third-party sellers of any items depicting or suggestive of sex involving minors, and third-party sellers in breach of the policy are subject to our disciplinary measures."

"After being notified of such listings by Collective Shout, we have taken action to remove them and implement a number of additional measures to prevent the items being relisted," the said.

"We hope to work with Collective Shout in the future on the ongoing fight against child exploitation and sexual violence.”

If you have been affected by any of the themes in this article, please reach out:

Children At Risk Ireland - 1890 92 45 67

Crime Victims Helpline - 116 006

Rape Crisis Centre - 1800 77 88 88

Women’s Aid -  1800 34 19 00

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