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Internet porn is leading children on an ‘unstoppable march into a moral wasteland’

By Daniel Martin, Mailonline

  • Lib Dem peer warns that young women and girls are the 'main casualties' of an 'epidemic' of violent material found online
  • NSPCC found more than 5,000 under-18s have been questioned by the police over sex offences over the past three years

Former children’s TV presenter Floella Benjamin has warned of an ‘epidemic’ of violent online porn, which is leading youngsters on a ‘seemingly unstoppable march into a moral wasteland’.

Baroness Benjamin – who sits as a Lib Dem peer in the Lords – said girls were becoming increasingly sexualised while more and more boys were treating them as little more than ‘sexual objects’.

In an impassioned speech to mark today’s International Women’s Day, she said boys were pressurising girls into degrading behaviour.

‘I believe we have opened a Pandora’s box and I have no answer as to how we can reverse the trend of the sexual objectification of women and how to protect our children against its influence,’ she said.

The former Play School and Play Away presenter said violent pornography was ‘only a mouse click away’ and was a ‘pan-global epidemic’.

Too many children were growing up believing happiness could be gained purely by using sex as a commodity, she warned.

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