A granny has slammed retailer RIver Island for “sexualising children” but selling leather-look trousers for kids.
Helen Richards, 60, was browsing the Worcester store with her daughter, Alison, 33, when she spotted the “sexy” clothing item.
The grandmother was disgusted by the fashion find which can be purchased for little ones as young as five-years-old.
According to Worcester News, Helen said: “Why are they sexualising children?
“Why do they feel the need to put leather trousers for parents to buy for their child?
“It’s so wrong, especially in this day and age."
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Helen added: “We shouldn’t encourage our children to dress like that.”
The leather pants are available for kids aged five to 12.
The concerned gran commented: “There’s more than one way to take away a child’s innocence.
“I am so angry.”
The grandmother and her daughter went shopping on September 29 to find an outfit for Alison’s nine-year-old daughter.
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Helen said that it was the first time she’d been shopping “in months” and that her daughter pointed out the leatherette bottoms.
The gran claims she was additionally worried due to fears circulating about strangers approaching children.
She said: “I thought I am not going to be one of those people who ignore it, especially with so much going on in Worcester at the moment.
“That sort of thing makes me think 'speak out'.
“There are other options of clothes for children to wear.”
Helen thinks that the retailer should remove the clothing from the store immediately over fears the clothes will attract “unwanted attention”.
She said: “Young people can’t deal with that and it can take away their childhood."
A spokesman from River Island told Worcester News: “We take in age-appropriateness, style and function into consideration in all our Kidswear designs, together with customer demand.”
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