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Regulator finds against three on-demand sex TV services

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The Authority for Television On Demand (ATVOD) has found that three providers of adult video on-demand services failed to ensure that under-18s could not access their content.

ATVOD has found breaches of statutory rules by three services - Studio66 TV, G Spot Productions and Abused Piggy, bringing to 17 the number of services successfully challenged over the last 18 months.

Chief executive of the regulator chief executive Pete Johnson said: "Public concern about the ease with which children can access hard-core pornography online is substantial and research indicates widespread support for ATVOD's policy of ensuring UK websites provide such content only with safeguards that keep it out of reach of children.

"We have made good progress in ensuring that UK websites comply with rules designed to protect children from such harmful content, and our recent enforcement activity has sent a clear message that UK providers of hard-core pornography on demand must take effective steps to ensure that such material is not accessible to under-18s.

"Asking visitors to a website to click an 'I am 18' button or enter a date of birth or use a debit card is not sufficient - if they are going to offer explicit sex material they must know that their customers are 18, just as they would in the 'offline' world."

ATVOD chair Ruth Evans added: "We believe government should consider whether more should be done to protect UK children from porn websites operating from other countries, which are currently unregulated."

In two breaches, G Spot Productions was found to have allowed free, unrestricted access to hardcore pornography trailers and images, while full video access was open to those using debit cards usable by under-18s.

The provider has now changed its payment methods to restrict access to hardcore content to those with credit cards - i.e. those over 18.

Studio66 TV's breach was to allow those using debit cards to access its hardcore material, and it also has now restricted access to those able to prove they are over 18.

Abused Piggy allowed free-to-access sample videos showing real sex in explicit detail, and as a result of ATVOD's action has closed down.

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