Actress Traci Lords is apparently pretty pissed off at Amazon right now —and she's considering taking legal action.
The former porn actress started out in the film industry in 1984 when she was just 16-years-old —a fact that others in the industry were reportedly unaware of at the time, which lead to the arrest of Lords and the executives of the porn companies in 1986.
Following their arrests, they were forced to remove "thousands of film and magazines from the shelves."
Despite the fact that they eventually became aware of this teeny, tiny fact, the merchandise didn't simply disappear. Instead, it's currently being sold on Amazon.
In case you were hazy on Washington state laws regarding these matters, they are as follows:
(i) Knowingly develops, duplicates, publishes, prints, disseminates, exchanges, finances, attempts to finance, or sells a visual or printed matter that depicts a minor engaged in an act of sexually explicit conduct as defined in RCW 9.68A.011(4) (a) through (e); or
(ii) Possesses with intent to develop, duplicate, publish, print, disseminate, exchange, or sell any visual or printed matter that depicts a minor engaged in an act of sexually explicit conduct as defined in RCW 9.68A.011(4) (a) through (e).
U.S. laws also prohibit "sending, sharing, selling, or otherwise distributing child porn," so there really isn't much of a grey area here.
Amazon has refused to comment on the matter, but has since removed the underage magazines from their website.
Unfortunately, it didn't take long for a new listing for a March 1985 issue of Swank Magazine featuring Lords of their "Coverslut."
Amazon Is Selling Vintage Child Porn Featuring Traci Lords [SeattleWeekly]