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Chinese web merchants are using African children to advertise search engines and camgirls

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Chinese vendors are facing backlash for selling customized photos and videos featuring African children via Chinese online marketplace Taobao. As reported by Beijing Youth Daily, these photos and videos have recently become popular as a way to deliver messages for birthdays and other meaningful occasions. They can be purchased for as little as $1, similar to services offered on freelance marketplace Fiverr.

The photos can be ordered from any number of Taobao vendors, and show young children from African countries like Zambia holding a chalkboard with a purchased message, usually around 16 to 20 characters in length. Short videos can also be purchased, where a person behind the camera coaches the children on how to recite the message in…

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