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Dear George, Scrap the Sex Ads from the Evening Standard

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Dear Mr Osborne

Please Scrap the Sex Ads from the ES

Congratulations on your recent appointment as editor of the Evening Standard.

As a former Cabinet Member you are no doubt aware of the Government’s battle to reduce the relentless exposure of children to the porn and sex industry (eg via internet opt-in or age verification).  As a dad, I am sure you fully support this.


That is why we are asking you to scrap the sex chat and prostitution ads from your paper. And work to persuade other editors to follow guidelines already issued by the police to scrap the sex ads from our Great British press.


More than 33% of 8-9 years read newspapers, rising to nearly 50% for older children. 70% of kids say they have access to a newspaper with 50% of boys say newspapers are their preferred reading material : 
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Children will not be reading the FT! They will be reading the accessible format of papers like the ES. Given this has one of the highest London distributions of any newspaper, a vast number of children are likely to be seeing and reading the ES.


It is surely an issue of child protection to expose them to ‘Sex Chat’ ads let alone ads for prostitution (‘Chat or Date’). Sadly, it cannot even be argued that ‘children won’t understand the ads’ as even quite young children are now so ‘porn savvy’ that they will know exactly what these ads are for. Older boys might well be tempted to call for a ‘date’.


Furthermore, for over half a decade, The Metropolitan Police have urged newspapers to stop advertising the sex trade because of the links with trafficking, coercion and other illegal activities not to mention the general harm associated with the sex trade.


And with attitudes towards women so bad that 10 million women in the UK alone experience male violence, surely we should stop anything that promotes these harmful attitudes? If a newspaper is promoting the porn and sex trade what does that say about what women are for and men’s right to women? It says prostitution is so normal and acceptable that it can even be proferred on the tube on the way home from work .. or school.


Removing these ads would certainly prove popular, Not Buying It's straw poll showed that 97% of the public (over 150 votes) want the sex ads out.

Thank you for your time and please scrap the ads (just meet with Not Buying It if you still have any doubts!)

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