Chinese vendors 'exploiting' African children removed from Taobao

Alibaba, which owns Taobao, said it had taken action to remove these vendors. It was earlier suggested that Taobao was investigating some of the vendors, but for breaches of Chinese advertising description law. “We have been made aware of these listings which are posted by third-party sellers on the Taobao marketplace, and we have taken action to remove them and will continue to do so in future, ” it said in a statement to the BBC. Customers on Taobao appeared to be delighted with the services while they were on offer and there appeared to be to be little consideration by vendors and customers of the risk of cultural insensitivity or even an awareness of China’s chequered history with regards to race and advertising. –BBC/

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