Cyber-Flashing on UK Trains Doubles


British Transport Police have reported an alarming increase in the number of women being sent sexually explicit images by strangers while traveling via train.  Cyber-flashing occurs when a sexual predator sends an unsolicited pornographic image or video to a stranger via the iPhone file-sharing function AirDrop.   AirDrop allows files to be sent anonymously, allowing offenders to harass women with impunity. All that victims receive is a preview of the image and the name of the phone being used to commit the crime.  Under current British law, cyber-flashing is not considered a sexual offense. However, it’s not hard to imagine that offenders who can violate a woman’s privacy through cyber-flashing, and who are not caught and punished, could go on to commit sexual offenses.

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