LITTLE GIRLS' CLOTHES `CAUSING CHILD PORN' Outrage at writer's claims.
THE "provocative" clothes which little girls wear are encouraging the growth of child porn rings, it was claimed yesterday.
Former Catholic Herald editor Cristina Odone said six-year-olds can be seen on the street wearing figure-hugging Lycra tops, eye-shadow and mini- skirts.
Urging parents to be stricter over what youngsters wear, she said: "We cannot blame the child pornographers and child abusers alone. Our society rushes children through a sheltered state of innocence to precocious adulthood.
"If you allow a little girl to dress provocatively, you risk not only titillating the disturbed but propelling her into the world of sex."
Miss Odone's remarks, on BBC Radio 4's Thought For The Day slot, caused outrage yesterday - 48 hours after The Wonderland Club internet perverts were jailed.
Harry Fletcher, of the National Association of Probation Officers, said paedophiles always blamed children for being provocative.
He said: ""This is an extremely dangerous argument. It plays into the hands of paedophiles and will be used by abusers to justify their actions."
Children's campaigner and Labour MP David Kidney said: "You cannot blame youngsters for becoming victims.
"The way children dress is never an acceptable reason for abuse."
Miss Odone, 40, now deputy editor of the New Statesman, is single, has no children and has written a raunchy novel called A Perfect Wife.
She insisted last night: "I was not blaming children - I was blaming society and parents."
ATTACK: Miss Odone, left, hit at children's fashion
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|Publication:||The Mirror (London, England)|
|Date:||Feb 16, 2001|
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