Spying under the skirts is a crime. The anti-upskirting law is in force throughout  Britain. The law approved last year by the House of Commons to sanction as a specific criminal offense, like any sexual abuse and what is already foreseen in Scotland and Northern Ireland, also came into force in England and Wales.

Upskirting, is the rampant voyeuristic practice of secretly taking photos or videos under the clothes of unsuspecting women, usually with a mobile phone. The crackdown against voyeurs and virtual molesters in the United Kingdom is the result of a battle promoted by various victims and then endorsed by a cross front of deputies. The law was presented in parliament last June and was approved at the end of July, with the support of the Government, despite the controversial procedural obstruction against the initial sprint procedure of the rule expressed by a single MEP Tory, Sir Christopher Chope.

The 26-year-old Gina Martin launched the anti-peeker campaign first, after being targeted long ago during a London music festival in Hyde Park.

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WHAT IS THE LAW AGAINST UPSKIRTING?

The long-awaited law against upskirting came into force on April 12, 2019, in England and Wales – it was already a criminal offence in Scotland. If you catch somebody doing it the perpetrator can be arrested under the new offence, and face up to two years if convicted.

In extreme cases, upskirters can be put on the Sex Offenders Register. In Scotland, upskirting has been an illegal offence since 2010 when it was listed under the definition of voyeurism.

Victims and police are only able to pursue offences of voyeurism and indecency, with a Freedom of Information request made by the Press Association revealing that the police have pursued 78 offences related to upskirting since 2015 – but only 11 led to alleged offenders being charged.