Perverts using technology to harass women to be punished by new laws


PERVERTS who use the latest technology to harass women will be tackled under new laws, ministers pledge.

Tougher punishments could be introduced for sick trends like “cyber-flashing” – where men on trains and buses use their smartphones to send naked photos to strangers.

Perverts using technology to harass women could face tougher punishments under new sexual abuse laws
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Legal experts will also look at ways to stop the spread of so-called “deepfake” where the faces of unwitting victims are superimposed on sex videos then put online.

Women who have intimate photos shared on social media by ex-boyfriends in “revenge porn” could also be granted automatic anonymity.

Justice minister Paul Maynard said: “No one should have to suffer the immense distress of having intimate images taken or shared without consent.

“We are acting to make sure our laws keep pace with emerging technology and trends in these disturbing and humiliating crimes.”

Culture Secretary Jeremy Wright will announce at the NSPCC conference today a review of the laws against offensive and abusive communications.

The Law Commission will look at whether existing legislation is able to keep pace with new technology that has made it easier for sexual images to be made and shared without people’s consent.

A recent law against “revenge porn” made it illegal to share private sex videos and pictures to cause distress, while another allowed “upskirters” to be arrested and jailed for taking explicit photos of women without their knowledge.

But there are concerns that there could still be loopholes in the law that allow some perverts to get away with it.

Cyber-flashing – where a man uses the “AirDrop” function on a smartphone to send an unsolicited naked photo to anyone near them in public – can be difficult to prosecute if there is no evidence of the image being sent or received.

And campaigners say a new law is needed to tackle “deepfake”, making it illegal to create sexual images of adults.

Professor David Ormerod QC of the Law Commission said: “If the criminal laws are not up to scratch, we will propose reforms that simplify the current patchwork of offences to provide more effective protection for victims.”

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