Ofcom slams Channel 5 doc The Sex Business for extreme sex scenes

Broadcasting regulator Ofcom has slammed a Channel 5 documentary for its extreme sexual images and graphic descriptions.

Scenes have included a close-up of a male orgasm, prostitutes on the street taking drugs and full on romps.

Ofcom has now said the series was in breach of broadcasting rules for the most extreme scenes.

The first episode, which aired on December 10 last year, featured graphic shots of S&M; including a dominatrix stapling her client's genitals, another using a sex toy and one client being kicked in the privates for pleasure.

The second episode aired the following day and showed graphic sex acts and penetration.

Episode three showed male prostitutes having sex with female clients in uncensored scenes.

Ofcom found the programme breached two rules of the Communications Act 2003; Rule 1.19, which states that post-watershed explicit sexual content, which is not ‘adult sex material’ must be justified by the context and 2.3 which says offence must be justified by the context.

An Ofcom spokesperson said : “Our investigation found these programmes broke our rules by including images of extreme, graphic sexual activity.

"These were far more explicit than viewers would be likely to expect in a programme broadcast an hour after the watershed."

Channel 5 said the series "was not sensational or titillating, but serious, considered and journalistic” during Ofcom's investigation.

According to the BARB data cited by Channel 5 in their response to Ofcom, the numbers of children that may have been viewing the series was: 1,800 4-15 year olds for episode one, 30,500 for episode two and 9,200 for the last installment.

Ofcom said the series "far exceeded" the level of explicitness that viewers would expect from a show broadcast at 10pm on a freely available public service channel.

A spokesperson for Channel 5 said: "The Sex Business is a programme of public interest, offering a unique insight into an industry employing around 100,000 people in the UK.

"We note that Ofcom considered this was a serious observational documentary and that the inclusion of sexual content clearly supported the editorial purpose, presenting the lives and experiences of the workers featured in the series.

"Although there were very clear warnings as to the explicit nature of the content both before the programme and every break part, we acknowledge the findings from Ofcom and will reflect on the decision before repeating any of the episodes in question.”

The Sex Business returned for three new episodes earlier this month as it continued the series after a short break.

Episode four saw sex doll owners ith their dolls, five was about pensioners working as sex workers and six saw teens selling sex.

In the most recent installment viewers met Chloe, 19, who is making up to £2,000 a night by sleeping with strangers and charging a premium for high-risk services.

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