More than 20 junior high school girls have asked Oxford City Council in Alabama for its help in removing a Victoria's Secret window display at a local shopping mall that they say is offensive.

The group, headed by 13-year-old Morgan McClure, presented the council with a copy of the state's obscenity law and a petition with more than 140 signatures from locals concerned with the display on Tuesday night.

McClure said she complained to the lingerie retailer's outlet manager in November that the "vulgar" photographs in the store window made her feel uncomfortable.

She said she then asked the manager to reverse the displays so they would face the interior of the store rather than the open mall, but to no avail.

"With Victoria's Secret, everyone in the general public has lost their right, their choice to not see, because the pictures are larger than life and posted toward the main area of the mall," McClure told the council.

She added that boys gathered around the store to stare at the photographs, then whistled to girls who walked by.

However, Oxford mayor Leon Smith said that while he would look into legal avenues the city could take, he was unsure what the outcome would be.

"I don't know that we have legal authority," he told the group.

Smith said he had talked to the store manager, but was told a local store did not have the authority to remove a display.

"My hands are tied," he said.

"I must admit when you look on television on Channel 6, 13 or 4 or in JC Penney, Wal-Mart or K-Mart and Sears & Roebuck, you actually, see some things more risqué than the pictures you see at this location."