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Upskirting to be made a criminal offence

  • This offence could result in a jail sentence of up to two years, and those convicted will be placed on a sex offenders register

Upskirting - taking a photo under a person's clothing without their knowledge or permission - is not currently a criminal offence in Gibraltar, but that is about to change. The government wants to introduce legislation to make it a specific sexual offence which could result in a jail sentence of up to two years, and those convicted will be placed on a sex offenders register.

The law will cover all situations in which a photo is taken for the purpose of obtaining sexual gratification, causing humiliation, distress or alarm.

Gibraltar's Minister of Justice, Neil Costa, who describes upskirting as "despicable behaviour", says the new law will ensure that those who violate somebody else in this way can be prosecuted.