We have a Florida mom to thank for the latest toy recall—and it’s not for the usual recall reasons. Yahoo News is reporting that Nicole O’Kelly purchased the pink truck for her 2-year-old at a Tampa-area Monster Jam event. Soon after, her older daughter noticed a heart symbol on the truck. A Law & Order: Special Victims Unit fan, she knew from watching the show that the symbol was actually used by pedophiles, and she told her mom right away.
According to Slate, the symbol O’Kelly is pointing to on the truck in the screen shot above, a heart surrounded by a larger heart, is a secret code for pedophiles. It signals that a female child is ready to be trafficked for sex.
Since this pink truck was obviously made to be marketed to girls, that’s pretty horrifying.
O’Kelly agrees, saying, “I’m absolutely sick. I bought this for my 2-year-old little girl. This toy was made for little girls. I wanted answers.”
The company that makes the toy, Feld Inc, says they were unaware of the symbol’s meaning and its use was unintentional. They also issued the following statement:
“We’re shocked. We had no idea. We reacted immediately. We wanted to do the right thing as quickly as possible. Clearly we’re in the business with providing high quality family entertainment. This was really obscure. Until yesterday, I had no idea there was an underlying meaning of these symbols and the deplorable behavior. We just don’t know if a crime was committed here. We have not been contacted by LEOs. We just want to make sure it doesn’t happen again.”
I have to say I can’t fault Feld too much….THANKS PEDOPHILES, for taking a symbol of love and turning it into something DISGUSTING. (I hope you’re picking up my sarcasm.) However, I guess as toy makers, they need to make an effort to be vigilant and EXTRA aware of this kind of thing. Sigh.
If you purchased a toy with the symbol at the Monster Jam event in Florida on January 16th or February 6th, you should contact the police immediately.
Be aware, parents! Here’s an informative FBI report identifying pedophile symbols. Maybe the good that will come out of this story is that we will all know what these “secret codes” among pedophiles and traffickers mean, and will know what to do when we see them.