Some a bit shocking details about the puritan UK? Actually, “cottaging” means… well, “sex in such an unexpected space like a public toilet. In general, copulating in public places is not prohibited as far as people cannot notice you are making love, and are unlikely to come across such acts.
Examine some details on the issues being discussed:
- Once intercourse in a public place could lead to arrest and indictment. Now the British police have become much softer to treat such “pranks.”
- A few decades ago, local police did everything they could to prevent homosexuals from intimate relations somewhere other people can easily track this. Individuals who performed acts of love this way were often arrested, prosecuted and even imprisoned. Now the authorities issued special instructions on how to control them.
- In 1967 British officials passed a law on sexual offenses aimed at combating homosexuals. Despite the fact that at that time gays were hiding their status, this did not stop them from this adult entertainment. F.e. actor Peter Dudley was, as they say, caught in 1981 in one of London’s restrooms.
- London’s Hampstead Heath Park – a popular place for outdoor copulating. This is like life under cam or real life voyeur. Picking up a partner on the street is still popular 50 years after the decriminalization of gay sex. And now the policemen pay attention only if passersby complain. The instructions for officers include how to behave when noticing intimate acts between heterosexual couples. 73 p. of the Sexual Offences Act, 2003 (SOA 2003) stipulates in general that any engagement in sexual activity in such spot as public WC is outlawed. And 71 p. prescribe punishment.
What about Voyeurism?
Here are some basic tips:
- Voyeur is very close to cottaging. Under SOA 2003 this is really a criminal offense. That’s why observing private actions such as sex (doesn’t matter this very deal or using a hole in a toilet wall) for your sexual pleasure without the agreement of the participating parties.
- What else? What about real life voyeur? It is also prohibited for the voyeur to make recordings of the private action as well as operating equipment to enable another individual to observe it. Even to install equipment is an offense. The same applies to create a certain construction with the clear objective of enabling somebody (or himself) to watch it. What are the legal consequences? First of all, up to two years in prison. Surprised? Yes, it also can be a light version – a fine.
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