New Barbie with hidden camera branded a “gift to paedophiles”

November 3rd, 2010 - 3:26 pm ICT by ANI  

London, Nov 03 (ANI): Child protection experts have branded a new Barbie doll that features a hidden camera and costs 59.99 pounds as a “gift to paedophiles”.

The Barbie Video Girl has a tiny recording device on its necklace, and footage from it can be viewed on a screen on the doll’s back, edited on computer and shared on websites such as YouTube.

Toy makers Mattel said the doll, which is being sold in UK stores including Argos and Toys R Us, is suitable for kids aged just six.

But Shy Keenan, of the Phoenix Chief Advocates, has put the toy makers down for not thinking of the dangers the toy involves.

“What are Mattel thinking of? This is a gift to paedophiles. Children young enough to play with Barbies have no concept of how dangerous this could be,” the Sun quoted Keenan as saying.

The NSPCC added that there is a danger the images could be misused by sex offenders. (ANI)

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