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Should the UK ban beauty pageants for children?

24 September 2013 Last updated at 15:27 BST

A leading charity is calling for children under the age of eight to be prevented from taking part in beauty pageants.

Kidscape, a child protection charity, says the pageants are commercialising childhood and sexualising girls at a young age.

The call comes as France prepares to ban child pageants altogether, over concerns that they promote the sexualisation of minors.

So should the UK follow suit?

BBC Radio 5 live's Phil Williams put that question to Kidscape CEO Claude Knights and Anita Moss, who enters her 4-year-old daughter into beauty pageants.

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