When one mother purchased a pink stuffed toy from Monster Jam, a popular motorsport event featuring monster truck competitions, she thought she was treating her daughter to a fun souvenir.
Instead, unbeknown to Nicole O'Kelly, she had actually given her 2-year-old daughter something that boasted a secret pedophile symbol. It turns out that the heart logo printed on the toy is actually code for a child ready to be traded for sex, and when O'Kelly learned the truth, she was understandably revolted.
"This is pink. This is for little girls, especially at a predominately male event," O'Kelly said. "I'm absolutely sick." The toy, designed at Feld Inc. in Florida, has been pulled from shelves, and the company said that it had no idea what was going on.
"We're shocked," Stephen Payne said in a statement released by Feld Inc. "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 just want to make sure it doesn't happen again."