WHAT’S BEING CLAIMED:
- Guadalajara, Mexico legalized sexual acts in public as long as no one files complaints with the police.
- The legislation was proposed to prevent police from extorting money from young couples who might be lacking funds to pay for a hotel.
- In this way, the police will be able to focus on the investigation of more serious crimes, including the rising murder rate in the area.
Lawmakers in Guadalajara, Mexico have found a solution to have the police focus on more violent crimes—legalize sex in public.
Jalisco state’s capital city passed the law stripping police the authority to arrest people performing sexual acts in public. The initiative was proposed by council members in Guadalajara, one of the most conservative cities in Mexico, to prevent police extortion.
“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 offenses, as long as a citizen requests police intervention,” reads the modification to article 14 of the Bylaws of Good Government.
Council member Guadalupe Morfin Otero, who drafted the measure, cited a recent survey of college students showing 90 percent had been threatened by police with serious penalties or demands after being caught committing “immoral acts of exhibitionism.”
Citizens against the public sex legalization reforms said they view the matter as a moral issue rather than a legal issue. Some even raised their fears that legalizing the law “makes it easier for pedophiles and rapists to abuse their victims even in full display of people.”
Guadalajara is not the first city to allow sex in public.
Sex after dark in one of Amsterdam’s most popular public parks has been allowed since 2008. Vondelpark’s rules are to keep the space clean, away from children’s areas, not too much noise, and do not leave condoms behind. But, pet owners are not allowed to let their dogs off the leash—it’s illegal there.