Lads Mags and Child Protection
Posted by charliegrrl on June 23, 2006
Thank you Nuts for updating your message board, yesterday, so that you now clearly state that a person has to be over 18 before they post a partially nude photo of themselves. Also, thank you for adding the clause 6.4 to your terms and conditions which states that in order to upload a partially nude photo of yourself, you have to be over 18…
You may say you are ‘smarter’ than me…but you underestimate me…
I came across a photo of a young woman in Nuts, who appears to be about 15 years old (pg 37, 23-29th June 2006). This photo had been sent in allegedly from ‘Sam’ herself via Nuts online message board.
www.nuts.co.uk/boards/ (note, pornographic content)
Here they have a thread for women to upload half naked pictures of themselves in the hope of them being published in Nuts magazine.
What concerns me is that Nuts don’t seem to have a policy of checking proof of age of the young women who are uploading naked pictures of themselves. There is no age restriction on becoming a member and uploading pornographic photos. The website does not clearly state that the women posing naked must be over 18. The only rules stated for the message board are, you shouldn’t post copyright images, and you must not post anything obscene. Some of the young women posing on this message board look younger than 18. Surely to publish pornographic images of young women, they must have 100% proof that the woman is over 18..?
I have just registered two profiles on this message board: Lucy Lowry, female aged 15 and Lucy Lopez, female aged 8. There was no moderation in me as an eight year old becoming a member of this site; my registration was instant and I was instantly able to post messages and upload images. In the public profile of these two, it does not state their age, therefore many young women under 18 could be uploading naked photos of themselves with their age going unrecognised. These photos can potentially be published in Nuts magazine.
Furthermore, Nuts have features, in their magazine, where they invite women to send in half naked photos of themselves, either by post or email. They only state you must be over 18. They don’t ask for photo ID as well. But how would they know 100% that the young woman was over 18, if the photo is sent in via post/email and they don’t ask for ID with it..?
From this, it seems that Lads Mags are potentially publishing photos in their magazine and on their website of underage girls. They do not seem to have a clear policy in place for checking the age of the women in the photos, nor for becoming a member of a pornographic website. This is a clear child protection issue. This is very irresponsible and could be very serious.
I am contacting relevant agencies/MPs to see what can be done.