Amazon is under fire for selling hidden cameras disguised as ordinary objects

The lawsuit accuses Amazon of allowing a West Virginia man to spy on an underage Brazilian girl with a hidden camera.

The device, which looks like a clothes hook, was purchased from Amazon and used to record the girl.

The lawsuit alleges that Amazon failed to remove the camera from its platform despite triple-checking and knowing the harm it could cause.

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Criminal case against West Virginia man

Darrell Wells of West Virginia is charged Secretly records underage Brazilian student He hosted in his home in 2021.

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Amazon logo (Beata Zawrzel/NurPhoto via Getty Images)

He allegedly used a camera disguised as a clothes hook to film his private spaces such as the bathroom and bedroom. According to prosecutors, he had 600 images of child pornography. Wells is charged with 10 counts of invasion of privacy and child pornography.

A minor girl's lawsuit against Amazon

While the criminal case is ongoing, the minor girl too Complaining to Amazon. He said Wells bought the hidden camera on Amazon.


The seller likely sold the camera as part of the Fulfillment by Amazon (FBA) program. According to Amazon, products sold in the FBA program are eligible Verification process. The company, according to its policy, tries to see whether the products meet the restrictions, whether they are in good shape and whether they meet the safety standards.

Amazon tried to settle the case back in March. However, the judge granted the company's motion – stating that Amazon cannot act surprised when a buyer uses the product for the advertised purposes. She is suing for unspecified damages and is seeking a jury trial.

Are there hidden cameras on Amazon's website?

The particular clothespin hidden camera from the suit is no longer on Amazon's website. In fact, when you click on the link, you get a “page not found” error.

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Amazon's confirmation page no longer exists (Amazon)

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However, there are a number of products just like it that are still available on the Amazon marketplace. You may turn up several results just by searching for “clothes hook spy camera” or “clothes hook hidden camera”.

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The hidden camera was sold on Amazon (Amazon)

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Just a quick search for “hidden camera” brings up results like cameras hidden in smoke detectors, alarm clocks, and phone chargers. They look exactly like their off-camera counterparts. I can't even tell you some of the camera features.

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The hidden camera was sold on Amazon (Amazon)

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We reached out to Amazon for comment for this article, but a company spokesperson declined to comment.

Kurt's main drugs

It is absolutely terrifying to see products like these hidden cameras on Amazon. While there are innocent reasons for buying a hidden camera, the bad outweighs the good here. The fact that some of these hidden cameras pass Amazon's security checks is reassuring to me. What bothers me even more is how unnoticeable some of these cameras are. A few are the size of pinholes and would be nearly impossible to see without looking very close. The fact that they can look like any object in your bedroom or bathroom makes me even more worried.

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