Raids illustrate 'scale of the illegal sex industry'

We believe we have uncovered a major wholesale supply ring distributing unclassified material to shops in Westminster.

The disturbing issue is that a child going into a newsagents for a comic or some sweets could now come across some very unpleasant hard core material.

Westminster Council has already had its ability to fight the illegal porn trade undermined by a court ruling that stops us using license fees from legal sex shops to fund that activity.

The operation uncovered (yesterday) illustrates the scale of the illegal sex industry in London. My fear is that corner shops in Westminster and elsewhere in the capital are now the new frontier for the illegal porn industry in London.

– Cllr Nickie Aiken, Westminster City Council

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£1m of illegal porn seized

Westminster City Council has seized more than 100,000 unclassified pornographic DVDs and magazines worth £1million in raids on businesses in south London.