Transit police officers launched a sting operation to catch an alleged upskirter on a Boston trolley—a man who had been observed surreptitiously videotaping up the skirt of a woman sitting, facing him, across the aisle. A fellow rider watched as the “upskirter”—as people who do this are called—held his own smartphone at waist level and videotaped the crotch of the woman, who seemed unaware that she was starring in his film. The next day, a second rider reported the same activity—only this rider used her own cellphone to videotape the upskirt videotaping. Both riders reported the behavior to the transit police, who then sent an undercover female officer, in a skirt of course, to sit across from the alleged upskirter.
Joanna L. Grossman and Lawrence M. Friedman,
A Private Skirt in a Public Place: The Surprising Law of Upskirting Verdict
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