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No harm in sex trade show.

Byline: Maureen Messent

AS A thriving city keen to promote its verve and modernity, Birmingham can take kudos from hosting international trade fairs at the NEC and the NIA.

Yet hear the outrage when the Exotic Trade Only show announces plans to roll into Brum for a couple of days in July and October.

So-called pornography, sex toys and all the paraphernalia of what is called adult entertainment will be on sale.

Good. It encourages trade for retailers who deal in such esoteric stuff and offends nobody because only traders will be interested.

But already the protests have started.

"There could be all sorts of perverts and weirdos wandering around with explicit material," wailed 23-year-old Ellie Price who lives just metres from the NIA.

Why does Ms Price assume, I wonder, that fluffy handcuffs, mildly blue films and chocolate body paint will attract "perverts and weirdos"?

This lady has clearly led a sheltered life in which the imagined dirty macs brigade are the stuff of her nightmares.

Sorry, but if Birmingham is to be taken seriously as an international city, there must be no such prudery. Relax, for heaven's sake.

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Date:Mar 23, 2007
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