Facebook page a nightmare for parents
LATEST: Invercargill police are now investigating a Facebook page after receiving complaints about images of children being posted.
Police together with the Online Child Exploitation Across New Zealand have started inquiries into the page.
Detective Senior Sergeant Mike Bowman said it was extremely concerning that photos such as these have been posted, some of which have already been removed.
Mr Bowman recommended anyone who had become a ''friend'' of the page to remove themselves from the group.
The public needed to be aware that any group you sign up to, members from that group can access your personal information and photographs, he said.
Facebook page Southland trader Co was set up as a page for people to trade household items, clothing and furniture.
Instead, some parents are finding their children's photos splashed on the page with headlines such as "oral sex kitten puppet - $75 - only 20 per cent full."
Many users have said they are disgusted by the images and asked for the page to be removed. The page had 4123 members yesterday.
One photo shows an infant wearing pink fishnet tights being held to a pole with the title "kids practise pole - 20 bucks".
Samantha McKinney said her 2-year-old's photo was stolen from her profile and posted on the trading page with the sex kitten heading, after she complained about another post of a similar nature.
"My daughter is 2 years old and she's completely innocent in the whole thing."
Mrs McKinney said she had no idea who was posting the objectionable material and had tried asking Facebook to take it down.
"They have said there is nothing of concern on the page and there was nothing they could do about it."
But Facebook Australia and New Zealand media communications manager Antonia Christie said the site removed any content that was brought to its attention and was not within its guidelines for use.
"The most important thing is people report anything that is bad."
Facebook would investigate, she said.
The Facebook users posting the stolen photos, when messaged by The Southland Times, refused to comment.
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