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joshandjamie Wed 15-May-13 12:06:35

I am writing a novel and have a character who has made pornographic films of someone without their consent and then goes on to sell them. He is discovered and is convicted. I am trying to find out what he would be convicted for i.e. the legal terminology for doing something like this. Also any ideas as to how long someone would be imprisoned for doing this? Assuming it's a fairly broad scale operation filming up to 20 girls and selling the videos.

any help is appreciated. I will try to find a legal expert further down the line but for now I just need a pointer.


RedHelenB Wed 15-May-13 17:33:26

You mean rape or consensual sex that they knew was being recorded? If the filming was consensual it wouldn't involve prison but if it was the rape of 20 different women then obviously you would be looking at a very heavy sentence if convicted.

joshandjamie Wed 15-May-13 18:21:06

Not rape - it would be a man who seduces women, they willingly have sex with him but what they don't realise is that while they are having sex, he is secretly filming them which he then goes on and turns into a porn film and sells.

RedHelenB Wed 15-May-13 22:40:46

That wouldn't be a prisonable offence. In fact,morally wrong but not necessarily criminally!

Theironfistofarkus Wed 15-May-13 22:48:07

Probably a civil breach of confidence rather than a criminal offence so could get sued for damages but not jailed unless he failed to pay the damages in which case he could be jailed for contempt of court I guess. Failure to obey a court order to eg disclose all of the films could result in jail. But am not a criminal expert so there could be a crime I don't know about.

RedHelenB Wed 15-May-13 23:26:28

From a non legal but literary viewpoint it seems a bit far fetched, unless this consensual sex was really out there I can't see it making good porno material somehow

joshandjamie Thu 16-May-13 08:56:03

Thanks everyone - all useful

Collaborate Thu 16-May-13 08:57:49

Wasn't someone prosecuted for this around 6 months ago?

Marmight Thu 16-May-13 11:34:45


I think it was for voyeurism but this is another case:

(Apols, DM link)

joshandjamie Thu 16-May-13 11:46:37

Thanks Marmight - that's interesting.

Alad Mon 20-May-13 14:43:48

Probably a form of voyeurism. When films are sold for profit up to 2 years if convicted on a crown court. See sexual offences act 2003. Sec 67.

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