Yardley MP Jess Phillips has signed an Early Day Motion calling for legislation on 'Upskirting'.
The taking of upskirt photos is not currently recognised as a specific sexual offence under the Sexual Offences Act 2003. Currently, upskirters may be prosecuted for “outraging public decency” if the act is witnessed by two or more people. However, if there are fewer than two witnesses, there is currently no specific law to prosecute upskirting in public.
In 2010, Scotland introduced legislation to specifically cover upskirting, and it is time for England and Wales to follow suit.
The Early Day Motion: Upskirting Leglislation that Jess Phillips MP has signed reads as follows:
“That this House notes that there is no specific offence of taking upskirt photos; further notes that existing criminal offences are often not sufficient to bring prosecutions for upskirting; welcomes the fact that the public petition brought by campaigner Gina Martin on the issue has attracted more than 70,000 signatures; and calls on the Government to bring forward legislative proposes to add a specific sexual offence of upskirting to the Sexual Offences Act 2003."