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Porn star Johnny Anglais debates at Oxford Union

Johnny Anglais
Image caption Benedict Garrett from London performs under the alias of Johnny Anglais

A former teacher turned porn star has spoken at an Oxford Union debate in favour of legalising prostitution.

Johnny Anglais, whose real name is Benedict Garrett, freely admits to being a prostitute.

In 2011 he was reprimanded by the General Teaching Council after his pupils spotted him in an adult film, but was not barred from teaching.

He left the profession and now campaigns for the liberalisation of attitudes towards sex and sexuality.

Mr Garrett said: "We all need to be far more open and honest... not just for our own sense of identity, but for the health and well-being of our young people."

His team included Dr Fiona Godlee, editor-in-chief of the British Medical Journal. It also included brothel owner and founder of Nevada's Moonlite Bunny Ranch, Dennis Hof.

They were arguing against Julie Bindel, author and co-founder of Justice for Women, feminist activist Finn Mackay and campaigner Ellie Levenson.

The debate was on Thursday evening.

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