11 Sep 2009

American Samoa voyeurism ban imminent

3:38 pm on 11 September 2009

The American Samoan Senate has approved a bill which makes voyeurism a crime.

Under the bill, a person commits the crime of voyeurism if he or she knowingly photographs, videotapes, films, digitally records or views with or without a device another person without their knowledge or consent where the victim has a reasonable expectation of privacy.

The assistant attorney general, Lisa Teesch MacGuirre, says the availability of modern technology makes voyeurism easy and having the law on the books will be a deterrent to the practice.

The bill, which has already been approved by the House of Representatives, will now go to the governor for signing.