‘Up skirt’ snap­pers face jail

Daily Express - - COME ON ENGLAND - By Ryan Hooper

TAK­ING pho­tos up a woman’s skirt is due to be­come a spe­cific of­fence, with cul­prits fac­ing up to two years in jail.

The Gov­ern­ment yes­ter­day an­nounced it is back­ing a Bill to crim­i­nalise the act.

The Voyeurism (Of­fences) Bill, pro­posed by Wera Hob­house, Lib Dem MP for Bath, is now ex­pected to be nod­ded through the Com­mons, un­less there are any ob­jec­tions.

Gina Martin, 26, who faced rape threats and abuse af­ter launch­ing a cam­paign against up­skirt­ing, said: “This is great news.

“There is still a way to go but it looks now like the Bill will go through with­out too much of a hitch.”

Jus­tice Min­is­ter Lucy Frazer said: “This be­hav­iour is a hideous in­va­sion of pri­vacy which leaves vic­tims feel­ing de­graded.

“By mak­ing up­skirt­ing a spe­cific of­fence, we are send­ing a clear mes­sage that it will not be tol­er­ated.”

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