Call to ban sex bus tour visit

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A UNITED front is being put up against a tour bus show which encourages young women to strip and have sex in public.

MPs across Wearside and County Durham have voiced fears about the Girls Gone Wild Show, which could be making a visit to the region.

The adult channel bus has caused controversy in the U.S, where it has approached drunk young women and asked them to perform sex acts on camera.

It is due to launch in the UK in coming weeks, leading the North East MPs to urge the Home Office to step in and ban the visits around British towns and cities.

Gatesead MP Ian Mearns has asked Theresa May to find out if the filming can be banned.

Among concerns raised in the parliamentary motion is that founder of the show, Mantra Films Joe Francis, a Californian millionaire, was jailed after pleading no contest to charges of child abuse and prostitution.

The motion is backed by Easington MP Grahame Morris, who said: “It will lead to all manner of problems, there will be disorder issues and we do not want it here.

“It’s encouraging young people to binge drink and these people are profiteers, they’re not philanthropists. It’s taking advantage of young people and putting them at risk.”

Roberta Blackman-Woods, MP for Durham City and shadow minister for civil society, has led calls to reclassify lap dancing clubs as sex establishments.

She said: “Ian has raised an important issue and we must make sure that everything possible is done to stop this company.”

Julie Elliott, MP for Sunderland Central, said: “Mantra Films is not a reputable company and I oppose their attempt to film in the North East.

“It’s not acceptable for this company to take advantage of intoxicated young women, and possibly underage girls, on the streets of our cities.”

Washington and Sunderland West MP Sharon Hodgson said: “This should be a no-brainer – the man behind this company has admitted charges of creating child pornography to make money, and been found guilty of several other crimes. He shouldn’t be allowed in the country.

“This isn’t about censorship or prudishness, it’s about protecting young women from exploitation.

“I really hope that the Government will look into how they can make sure that, at the very least, the police keep a close eye on any of these events to ensure the welfare of any women who want to take part and that no crimes are being committed.”

A Girls Gone Wild spokesman said: “We are really excited about bringing the brand and its roadshow to the UK and we expect British young men and women to have a fantastic time at the events, which are a really fun celebration of freedom and youthful expression.”