A commentary and resource on Law and Sexuality by Professor Chris Ashford and guests
The Independent recently reported that one Mexican city has decided to amend their law to allow sex in public, so long as nobody complains about it. An approach that resembles the practical policing in many part of England and Wales (if not quite our actual messy legal framework).
The Independent notes that: ‘The city council last week pushed through the reform, which now states: “Having sexual relations or committing acts of exhibitionism of a sexual nature in public places, vacant lots, inside vehicles or in private locations in public view will be considered administrative offences, as long as a citizen requests police intervention.”‘
Thea article is based on a piece that originally appeared in El Universal which clarifies that the new law states that ‘to have sexual relations to sexual acts of exhibitionism in the public way or places, vacant lots, entertainment centres, interiors of vehicles or in particular places with view to the public…’ will be an administrative fault when it is complained about by a citizen. The law is striking for the way that public sex is articulated and understood (it being about visibility, but also the specific sites listed indicating the spaces that are used in Mexico.
Moreover, the move appears to be about addressing Police corruption. The story notes that ‘Guadalupe Morfin Otero, the politician who proposed the change, cited a survey among university students in which 90 per cent said they had experienced extortion by officers who accused them of immoral acts or exhibitionism.’ The original Mexican piece also notes that the cases rarely go to court because people pay the Police off. It will be interesting to see how this one plays out.