Amazon under fire for selling spy camera that was used to secretly record an underage student

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Amazon has been in the firing line once again, but this time for selling hidden cameras disguised as everyday objects used to spy on underage girls. The retail giant is being sued by a Brazillian student, for selling the cameras used by a man to record her in private spaces while she was underage. 

Darrel Wells from West Virginia was accused in 2022 of unlawfully recording a student he was hosting by setting up spy cameras in the bathroom and bedroom. The cameras were disguised as clothes hooks and reportedly purchased on Amazon as part of the Fulfillment by Amazon program, which required certain products to undergo inspection to see if they are safe to sell. The student is now trying to sue Amazon on the grounds that these cameras have caused unspecified damages.

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Hannah Rooke
Staff Writer

Having studied Journalism and Public Relations at the University of the West of England Hannah developed a love for photography through a module on photojournalism. She specializes in Portrait, Fashion and lifestyle photography but has more recently branched out in the world of stylized product photography. For the last 3 years Hannah has worked at Wex Photo Video as a Senior Sales Assistant using her experience and knowledge of cameras to help people buy the equipment that is right for them. With 5 years experience working with studio lighting, Hannah has run many successful workshops teaching people how to use different lighting setups.