Amazon is at the center of controversy this week after shoppers spotted pro-slavery shirts — modeled by children — up for sale on their website.
A third-party seller by the name of Styleart offered a number of items baring the phrase "Slavery gets sh*t done," accompanied by pyramids in the background. The design was used on mugs, tote bags, and even clothing for infants and children, People reports.
Shoppers took to social media to express their disappointment with the brand for allowing products with such offensive phrasing to be sold on their website.
As International Justice Mission UK CEO David Westlake pointed out, slavery is no laughing matter.
"One in four of the estimated 40 million people in slavery today are children," he told Global Citizen. "Today, children the same age as those modeling these t-shirts will be forced to work long, back-breaking hours for no pay. They will be living in desperate conditions where starvation, beatings, and sleep deprivation are common."
Amazon has since pulled all products baring the slogan from their website.
"All Marketplace sellers must follow our selling guidelines and those who don't will be subject to action including potential removal of their account," an Amazon spokesperson said in a statement to Reuters. "The products in question are no longer available."
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