Sexpo is Abuse of Convention Centre - 8 May 2008


Members of the Christian Action Network will be protesting outside the Sexpo, held at the Cape Town International Convention Centre, tomorrow (Friday, 9 May) from 12:00 – 14:00 (outside the main entrance to the CTICC, Coen Steytler Street). Considering the extremely high incidents of rape, child abuse and sexual violence against women, the Network believes it is unacceptable that the City of Cape Town should host such a Sexpo in our premier Convention Centre in the very centre of Town, at the busiest intersection and entrance to the Waterfront.

The Film and Publications Board had to be approached to issue a temporary sex shop license for the Expo to be held in the Convention Centre.

The Christian Action Network will be urging both the Minister of Home Affairs and the Minister of Trade and Industry to review the Business Act, which currently does not allow for communities to be consulted regarding the opening of sex shops in their neighbourhoods.

International Co-ordinator of the Christian Action Network, Taryn Hodgson says, “Considering that this Sunday is Mothers Day and Pentecost Sunday only aggravates the offence.

“Pornography degrades women. It perpetuates a negative and destructive stereotype of women as sexual objects.

“Women need respect and protection. It is completely meaningless and hypocritical for us to have a National Women’s Day, and then allow such degrading and exploitative events such as this Sexpo to abuse our Convention Centre.

Reports from the Sexpo in Joburg confirm that the Sexpo is nothing more than a celebration of lust and lewdness, adultery and perversion.

“The family is the basic building block of society, and it is suicidal for any society to tolerate, let alone promote, such an exploitative industry. Allowing such an event to use the Convention Centre close to the heart of our city will pour fuel on the fires of sexual abuse and exploitation.

“The grotesque distortion of true sexuality which is being exposed to our children through prominently placed billboards and posters in so many locations around Cape Town is unacceptable.”

Pornography and so-called “adult entertainment” such as strip clubs, fuel the sex trafficking industry. Many studies have proven that the pornography industry fuels all the other vices and indeed in the words of the US Attorney General’s report on pornography: “Pornography is the theory, rape is the practice.”

 CONTACT: International Co-ordinator of the Christian Action Network, Taryn Hodgson on 072 215 4801 or 021-689 4480, E-mail: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

Christian Action P.O.Box 23632 Claremont 7735 Cape Town South Africa [email protected] - 021-689-4481 -
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