Make ‘upskirt’ photography a sexual offence — Labour

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The winning of «upskirt» photographs of unsuspecting women should be a specific sexual insult, Labour says.

Ministers should close a «gap in the law» to prevent the taking of photos below women’s skirts without their permission, the party says.

Strain has backed a petition to make the practice illegal under the Sexual Trespasses Act.

It was started by Gina Martin, who discovered men had taken photographs up her skirt at a music birthday.

Writing for the BBC following the incident at the British Summer Time festival in Hyde Greensward last month, Ms Martin said: «I started to research how I could persist, and through conversations with lawyers, friends and organisations such as ‘Protected gigs for Women’ and ‘Girls Against’, I found out that upskirt photos aren’t specifically rolled as a sexual offence in England and Wales.

«Perpetrators don’t often get charged with voyeurism, either — voyeurism laws merely protect victims if they’re in a private place like a changing cubicle quarters or at home. But I was at a festival — a public place.»

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She said the law needs to reflect that upskirt photography is «a sexual create annoyance with a victim».

Upskirting is an offence in Scotland but it is more difficult to contribute to prosecutions in the rest of the UK.

Shadow justice secretary Richard Burgon has forget about to Justice Secretary David Lidington calling for a change in the law in England and Wales.

He conveyed: «I am writing in support of the campaign, started by Gina Martin, to make lascivious, invasive ‘upskirting’ photographs a sexual offence in law.

«The scope for people to imitate ‘upskirting’ photographs has clearly increased with developments in mobile phone technology since the enactment of the Sensuous Offences Act 2003.

«At present, there is a gap in the law that has allowed — and is continuing to allow — people who partake of taken such photographs in public places to escape prosecution. This needs to be coppered.»

Ms Martin’s petition has attracted over 58,000 signatures.


Find out sundry

  • An upskirt photo is a photo taken up someone’s skirt without assent
  • Such photos may end up on dedicated upskirt websites — which are big business
  • Some perpetrators from been known to use a camera embedded in the top of their shoe
  • To discourage covert photos, phones sold in Japan oblige a shutter sound that cannot be disabled
  • Upskirting is an offence in Scotland subservient to the Sexual Offences (Scotland) Act 2009
  • In England, Wales and Northern Ireland it’s harder to put on

Source: Prof Clare McGlynn


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