Newspaper Sex Ads
The ASA, Advertising Standards Authority, regulates ads in the UK. We have been lobbying it for years to stop ads for the porn and sex trade in newspapers. Now the Equality and Human Rights Commission has taken up the baton and is in discussions with the ASA.
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Say 'No' to Newspaper Sex Ads
- Tweet the ASA to stop newspaper sex ads HERE
- Should Porn Ads be in Newspapers? VOTE HERE
- Read our Press Release HERE
Many local and national newspapers still carry ads for the porn and sex trade. This is despite:
- This breaching Equality Law and posing a clear issue of Child Protection
- Calls by The Police and the Press Trade Body to get them to drop such ads because of their link with trafficking
- Their breaching of numerous ASA Codes
- Their breaching Transport for London Advertising and Newspaper codes
(Metro & ES being widely distributed across London's transport network)
- Their breaching The ASA Committment to Child Protection
- Large numbers of Children reading newspapers (warning sexual images)
- Their breaching the ethos of child protection under the Serious Crime Act
- Their posing a clear issue of child protection
(and even providing exactly the kind of material used to 'groom' children with, in the most mainstream manner imaginable)
What We've Done
We have been lobbying the ASA since early 2016 to end porn and sex ads in newspapers as anti-equalities (normalising and promoting demand for highly abusive industies) and anti-child protection (50% of kids read papers).
The ASA has consistently refused to end such advertising. It does not even have codes on how porn and prostitution should be advertised in print or on line - even though it has extensive regulations on how the porn and sex trade may, or often may not, be advertised on TV and radio.
We've had to resort to seeking legal advice and now both the Children's Commissioner and the EHRC (Equality and Human Rights Commission) are in discussions with the ASA.
In early 2017, the ASA said it will:
- End Sexualised Images of Children under 18 and
- End 'Gender Stereotyping' in advertising
It has also conceeded that it is a Public Body, legally required to seek to eliminate harassment, discrimination and victimisaion of women in all its policies and decisions. This is the very definition of the porn and sex trade. In 2018 it is reviewing how it can better meet its Public Body requirements.
We, of course, have already told it exactly how - by writing in new codes to end the promotion of the most harmful industries on the planet (the porn and sex trade) at least in non-age restricted public spaces, like our newspapers.