The workers purchased services that involved victims of sex trafficking. Other big-name companies involved in the scandal include Boeing, Oracle, and T-Mobile. Newsweek got access to the incriminatory e-mails via a public records request earlier this year.
According to the record, 63 e-mails were sent by Amazon workers, 67 emails were sent from Microsoft workers and dozens more from other major firms. Some of the data was collected in 2015 during a massive operation that led to the arrest of 18 people which included top members of Microsoft and Amazon’s management. Two of those people chose a trial which is slated for March.
According to the report, Seattle’s tech industry has helped the local sex industry flourish since many tech workers spent up to $50,000 on illegal sex services. In Seattle, some brothels even boasted how close they are to some tech firms’ offices.
When asked to comment, Microsoft told the publication that the company has been cooperating for a long time with police and federal agencies on fighting sex trafficking. Some Microsoft employees are reportedly donating their money and time to the issue.
Microsoft claims that its workers caught in the sting are just a “tiny fraction” of the company’s workforce and their conduct does not reflect its culture.
No organization is immune to the unfortunate situation when employees act unethically or illegally,
The company pledged to look into the matter and “take appropriate action,” which may include disciplinary measures and even some job cuts.
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