16 Oct '11, 1am

Sext and the city: Has sexting become too prevalent here? (via ST iPhone App)

Sext and the city: Has sexting become too prevalent here? (via ST iPhone App)

Sexting may seem like harmless fun between consenting people. But lawyers whom The Sunday Times consulted said that there could be legal consequences. 'Even between two people who have agreed to do this, it could be considered as the transmitting of offensive material, especially when there are private parts involved,' said lawyer Sim Yong Chan. Criminal lawyer Amolat Singh pointed to Section 292 of the Penal Code. This section says that anyone who sells, exhibits, produces, possesses or circulates obscene material, which includes transmitting it by electronic means, can be jailed for up to three months and fined. Many do not realise this applies even if the sexting is for personal use, Mr Singh noted. 'The fact that you sent the picture is already considered distribution,' he said. 'People often make the mistake of thinking that it is just the person who circulates the pi...

Full article: http://www.straitstimes.com/BreakingNews/Singapore/Story/...

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