'Upskirting' likely to become criminal offence in UK

'Upskirting' likely to become criminal offence in UK

On June 9, thousands of women in Seoul, South Korea, took to the streets to protest against upskirting and the related problem of "spycam porn", when the images or footage captured is circulated without the subject's consent.

"This behaviour is a ugly invasion of privacy which leaves victims feeling degraded and distressed", junior justice minister Lucy Frazer said, giving the government's backing to the draft law put forward by opposition lawmaker Wera Hobhouse.

Upskirting victim Gina Martin, 26, who faced rape threats and abuse after launching her campaign to make it a criminal offence, told the Press Association: "This is obviously great news, and it's thanks to everyone who's listened to us along the way".

I actually support the bills that were before the house.

Ms Martin's campaign won mass cross-party political support and widespread public support.

"The government has been hijacking time that is rightfully that of backbenchers", he said. Disappointed that no progress today - the law needs to be reformed.

Chope did not give a reason for objecting.

"I am obviously extremely upset and disappointed that Sir Chope made a decision to object on this vitally important bill for the women of England and Wales", Martin said. Lorna Rees, who lives in Sir Christopher's constituency of Christchurch in Dorset, vented her anger at him by draping home-made knicker bunting outside his door (pictured, right).

On Friday he also used the Commons session to delay another government-backed bill that would make it an offence to attack police dogs or horses or prison officer dogs.

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Even then, it would only take one dissenting voice to again put a stop to its progress.

"It is an invasive, offensive act and we need to take action against it", she said.

"I said, "well, I can help you with that", Ms Martin added.

She has asked for her bill to return to the House on 6 July.

One British politician has single-handedly blocked a bill that would criminalize "upskirting" in the UK.

Labour has supported this campaign from the start, it's time for the Government to bring legislation and not rely on private members' Bills, which their own MPs have undermined.

Victims of upskirting have been found to be as young as 10 years old.

Without a specific law, victims in England and Wales must seek prosecution of upskirting through other legal avenues, such as outraging public decency or harassment. It has become common with the spread of smartphones, with embarrassing photos often posted online.

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