Child rights groups decry sexy poses in magazine article The publication in a magazine of photographs of a 14-year-old female pop singer in a wet T-shirt and striking sexy poses has prompted 138 complaints to the Telecommunications and Entertainment Licensing Authority. Kwun Tong police are investigating whether pictures of teenybopper Renee Lee Wan, a member of the pop trio Cream, published on the front and inside pages of last week's edition of Easyfinder magazine, violate the Prevention of Child Pornographic Materials Regulations. The photographs and the article, which portrays Renee as an attention-seeker out to prove she is a 'big girl', have outraged parent and children's rights groups. Shirley Wong Wai-kwan, executive director of the End Child Sexual Abuse Foundation, said Renee had been exploited by the magazine for cheap thrills. 'Whether it is pornographic from a legal perspective is not very clear, but from our perspective it depends on the reaction of the viewers,' she said. 'We received one complaint from a parent quoting men who had bought the magazine as describing the 14-year-old as 'fine' and 'sexy'. It is obvious this child has been exposed to the dangers of sexual exploitation and abuse.' Ms Wong urged the public to show their disgust by shunning such publications. Unicef Hong Kong spokeswoman Fennie Chan Mei-yi said UN conventions stipulate a child should be protected against all forms of exploitation, and urged local media and parents to exercise greater care in protecting children. 'The mass media should pay attention to moral standards and a sense of social responsibility when it releases material, and parents should have the responsibility to protect the well-being and development of the child. The best interests of the child should be their main concern,' Ms Chan said. Renee's mother, who was present at the photo shoot, has claimed she was duped by the magazine about the content of the article and photographs it intended to publish, and claims it had promised to withhold them if she objected. Renee has temporarily withdrawn from public engagements, apparently to study for exams. Her management company has issued a writ against Next Media Group, owners of Easyfinder magazine. Kenneth Leung Wai-yin, a professor of journalism at Chinese University and a member of the Hong Kong Press Council, said the public was making a mountain out of a molehill. 'Although I admit I have only seen them in black and white, I don't understand why everybody is calling them obscene,' said Professor Leung. 'Quite frankly, you see more revealing clothing on the beach.' Next Media Group did not respond to a request for comment. The article has been removed from Easyfinder's website.