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Taking a photo under a person’s clothes without their consent could result in two years in jail, as upskirting is set to become a specific criminal offence.

The Ministry of Justice has said it will back the ban which will form part of the Voyeurism (Offences) Bill, which is expected to pass through the Commons on Friday.

Upskirting victim Gina Martin, 26, who faced rape threats and abuse after launching her campaign to make it a criminal offence, said: “This is obviously great news, and it’s thanks to everyone who’s listened to us along the way.

“I want to hug every woman who has got in touch with me to say it’s happened to them, to say that now – hopefully – we can get access to justice for all victims because the politicians listened.

“There’s still a way to go, but it looks now like it will go through without too much of a hitch.”

The bill, proposed by Wera Hobhouse, Lib Dem MP for Bath, has received mass cross-party support.

Following the justice department’s public backing, the bill looks set to sail through the Commons and the Lords and to gain the royal assent needed to turn it into law.

Justice minister Lucy Frazer said: “This behaviour is a hideous invasion of privacy which leaves victims feeling degraded and distressed.

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