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Horny Unicorns

One of the fastest-growing parts of the tech industry is sex trafficking

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SILICON VALLEY’S “FEMALE problems” were well known long before the #MeToo movement started toppling piggish men in media, politics and the arts. But emails obtained by Newsweek reveal another sordid corner of the tech sector: a horny nest of prostitution “hobbyists” at Microsoft, Amazon and other companies in the Seattle area’s high-tech alley.

The emails from the men, some hoovered up in a sting operation against online prostitution review boards, are often disguised as replies to wrong addresses. “I think you might have the wrong email address,” one man wrote from his Amazon work address to a brothel.

“Got it,” another wrote from an Oracle email address, to a pimp.

Those emails are among hundreds fired off by employees at major tech companies hoping to hook up with trafficked Asian women. They were on their work accounts because Seattle pimps often asked first-time sex buyers to prove they weren’t cops by sending an employee email.

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