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Commons to debate 'revenge porn' Bill

By Richard Wheeler

Ministers have been urged to bring in new laws to protect thousands of women who suffer when their naked photos are leaked online.

People who distribute sexually explicit images via the internet or text without the consent of the pictures' subject would face prosecution under proposals developed by Labour MP Geraint Davies.

The manufacturers of smartphones would also be required to implement a default setting to deny pornography access, with the owner of the device being required to apply for it to be lifted.

Mr Davies said his Bill would protect "ordinary women up and down the country who suffer in silence without protection".

The Bill would only apply to England and Wales.

His calls follow increased efforts to punish people responsible for so-called "revenge porn", which aims to humiliate ex-partners.

Justice Secretary Chris Grayling told MPs in July that the uploading of sexually explicit material without the consent of the subject was becoming a bigger problem in the UK.

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