Upskirting is now a criminal offense in England and Wales after campaigners lobbied for years for the UK government to outlaw the practice.
The new legislation means that individuals convicted of photographing or videoing underneath a person’s clothing without their knowledge for the purpose of sexual gratification or causing humiliation or distress face up to two years in prison. They may also be placed on the sex offenders registry. The law was approved by the UK’s House of Lords earlier this year, but it officially came into force today after the bill received royal assent.
Previously, upskirting could only be prosecuted as a crime against public decency or as voyeurism, but these laws…
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