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`Sensational' child abuse poster slammed

BY BESS TWISTON DAVIES A CATHOLIC children's charity this week slammed a controversial fundraising poster used by the Children's Society, a Church of England charity, to publicise the first national conference on child prostitution last week.

The attack, by the Catholic Children's Society (West minster), followed claims this week by social workers that the Children's Society had exaggerated child prostitution as a fundraising tactic. The poster features the words: "Why travel six thousand miles to have sex with children when you can do it in Bournemouth/ Leeds/ Manchester/ Britain?" over a backdrop of palm trees and sunny skies. Jim Richards, director of the Catholic charity, criticised the poster as sensationalist, and said that it failed to address the complexity of child abuse.

Mr Richards told the Herald: "The poster zooms in one particular aspect of the problem without illuminating the whole.

"Child abuse is a very difficult issue that cannot be tackled with shock tactics dealing with this problem is a long slow grind."

He said that three quarters of the children on the child protection register are there because of physical and emotional abuse, and the remainder are victims of sexual abuse.

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