Children’s clothing used in Australia for child prostitution and child sex abuse is being sold on eBay, and in the US, the sale of the items is legal, the court heard.
The case, involving children’s products marketed in Australia, is part of a nationwide crackdown on online child prostitution.
The cases have been brought by victims of the “viral” pandemic, the US-based group Child Trends said in a statement on Friday.
In the US alone, more than 1,000 child victims have come forward to report being exploited by people online, said Child Trends.
The organisation also said that in Australia more than 4,000 children have been reported as victims.
The case centres around the sale and sale of children’s children’s apparel, which is marketed on eBay.
The products sold include children’s hoodies, pants, hoodies and swimwear, with prices ranging from $1 to $300.
In Australia, the Department of Home Affairs and Department of Justice said that the products sold online are legal.
The US Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of New York said the products had been seized by the FBI and were being held in the Southern Regional Processing Center in New York.
The agency did not provide details of the goods or whether any charges had been brought.
In July, a Brooklyn court ordered the seizure of more than 600 items from the online auction house eBay, including hoodies made for children aged four to eight and clothes marketed as “kid clothes”.
The New York State Attorney General’s office said in its statement that it would investigate the items.
The Australian authorities have previously been criticised for failing to take measures to curb child sex trafficking.
The US has led the way in cracking down on online sex trafficking in recent years, but Australia’s laws are less clear-cut.
A spokesperson for the Department for Home Affairs said that online sellers must comply with the law and have procedures in place to ensure that customers are aware of the consequences of selling online and to take action to stop the sale.
The spokesperson said that it had taken enforcement actions against online sellers in Australia that included seizing online buyers’ credit card information.