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Yahoop.com Jun 17, 2002
Man Free to Sell Up-Skirt Videos?
TORONTO (Reuters) - A man who sells amateur videos that provide views up women's skirts has been under police surveillance for two months, but authorities said on Friday there was little they can do as there were no identifiable victims.
Police in Canada's most populous city have been investigating Eugene Francois but have not laid charges because the law does not adequately address surreptitious video-taping, Detective Sergeant Paul Gillespie said.
"We've viewed the video and we're trying to determine what appropriate criminal charges can be laid," Gillespie said.
He added: "We're trying to get some new laws written to cover some of the areas that aren't covered. ... This is just the first of various (video-taping) situations that are cropping up."
Gillespie said it was uncertain whether police can lay charges under current legislation if the victims cannot be identified.
"That's a gray area. That's one of the things we're looking into right now," he said.
The video, which is sold over the Internet, shows a compilation of camera shots up the skirts of various women. Gillespie said some of the women in the video are shown posing but others are apparently unaware they are being caught on tape.
Toronto police sergeant Jim Muscat said he was skeptical of whether the video breaks any laws.
"Where's the evidence that a criminal act has taken place?" Muscat said.
Francois, contacted by Reuters, refused to comment.
-- (email@example.com), June 18, 2002
Do black patent leather shoes reflect up at elderly beaver?
-- (firstname.lastname@example.org), June 18, 2002.
This is OFFENSIVE!
-- (Edwina Tastee @ NPR.fundraiser), June 19, 2002.
It sure is Edwina. Not only that, it's a SIN too! I'm going to send a goon squad up there to arrest this son of Satan and take him to our torture chamber, errr, holding cell. We have reason to believe those videos contain information on how to perpetrate a terrorist attack, heh-heh. He will not be so excited by female private parts after we engrave an association in his mind by showing him pictures of women's crotches while pulling his fingernails out.
-- John Ashcroft (email@example.com), June 19, 2002.
What percentage of women go pantyless? Just wondering.
-- (firstname.lastname@example.org), June 19, 2002.
No higher than 10% and some of those will just also wear panty hose.
-- Maria (email@example.com), June 20, 2002.
1 out of 10, no kidding? Love it!
-- (firstname.lastname@example.org), June 20, 2002.
nemesis, do you really want to see snail trails everywhere?
-- (email@example.com), June 20, 2002.