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Issue 160 - August, 2013 (2nd Edition) - Page 10

Facebook Message Warns Cutest Baby Comp Images Being Used on Sex Slave Site

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Viral Facebook message warns that baby photographs entered into a Cutest Baby competition via a UK website are being reposted on another website "to be sold as sex slaves".

Cute cartoon baby

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Brief Analysis
The claims in the warning remain unsubstantiated. The site identified as running the baby competition has denied any knowledge of entry photographs being used elsewhere. So far, no evidence has been presented that verifies the claims in the warning message.

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if anyone from the uk has entered the cutest baby 2013 comp to protect your children as people are taking the pictures and putting them on a website to be sold as sex slaves !! this is sick !! report the comp to help get it shut down !!
thank you. also can you add... to remove your picture you have to go to the top right hand corner, there is a help botton, click that and scroll down then there is an option to remove entry

Detailed Analysis
According to a message that is rapidly gaining momentum on Facebook, baby photographs entered in a "cutest baby" competition via a UK website are being reused on a sex slave related website. The message claims – rather obscurely – that the competition entries are being placed on the second website "to be sold as sex slaves".  The message advises parents to remove their children's images from the site and report it so that it can be shut down.

The message does not specifically name the cutest baby competition website, but many commentators suggest that it is referring to BabyVote.com.

However, the claims in the warning remain unsubstantiated.  BabyVote.com has denied any knowledge of the issue via the following post on its Facebook Page:
If you find your entry pictures being used elsewhere, please message us with the location. This is not our doing and we would to see a stop to it as much as anyone else.
Moreover, neither the warning itself nor any comments I have so far seen provide any evidence that images are being reused in the way described. No link to or information about the supposed malicious website has been provided.

It cannot be ruled out that images from the site are being taken and reused elsewhere without the permission or knowledge of either the baby competition organizers or the submitting parents.  However, I have not seen any reports from parents that claim that their baby pictures have actually been taken and used in the way described.  

Moreover, if a sinister group wished to procure baby photos for use on a sex slave related site, a simple Google Image search would reveal many thousands of suitable images ripe for the taking. There would therefore be no reason for these people to set up an elaborate baby photo competition to get suitable images.

The strange wording of the warning implies that the stolen images themselves are being sold as sex slaves, which obviously makes no sense. The message probably intends to suggest that the pictures are being used as advertising or promotional material on the alleged sex slave site. But, again, such pictures could be found in seconds via even the most basic of image searches.

Certainly, parents should be very careful where and how they submit images of their children. But, at least at the time of writing, the claims in the message remain unsubstantiated and unsupported. It is possible that the warning is either a misunderstanding or a deliberate attempt to cause fear and alarm.

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Last updated: August 7, 2013
First published: August 7, 2013
By Brett M. Christensen
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