Sabato, 22 Settembre 2018
ROME

Phone sex not a crime as long as it's all words, no action

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(ANSA) - Rome, August 31 - Giving phone sex for money does
not make you a prostitute, as long as it's done solely with the
mind, not with the body, Italy's supreme court ruled on Friday.
"Verbally servicing an interlocutor for the purpose of
sexual excitement does not constitute a sexual service, if it
does not involve the bodily erogenous zones of the person who is
getting paid for such a service," the criminal court ruled.
The decision overturns a Milan Court of Appeals verdict
against a man who paid a young woman to erotically service a
client over the phone.
The Appeals Court found him guilty of sexual exploitation,
but the Cassation Court said there was no crime, because no
touching was involved.
Prostitution, the judges wrote in their ruling, consists of
selling the body, not just the mind. It includes not only
physical contact between seller and buyer, but also between the
seller and a third party at the buyer's request, or the seller
touching his or herself for the same reason.
"The act of prostitution may well be carried out at a
distance, for example via telephone or Internet web chats," the
judges wrote.
"Prostitution occurs when the person being paid is asked to
carry out a sexual act (no matter in what location or with which
partner), that is, to make their body available to the paying
party's lust".
That did not happen here, the judges said.

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