Legal side of dogging: public sex UK law

It is very important for all people interested in the swinging lifestyle to know the dogging law in the UK and to find out if what they are doing is illegal. The media’s been full or reports of adults getting arrested in Muslim countries for getting caught having sex in a public place. India and Dubai are very strict about adultery and public displays of affection and you don’t want to be on the wrong side of the law there. Even in places that are considered liberal like London, couples have been getting in trouble for having sex in the gardens of Buckingham Palace during broad daylight.

The law concerning dogging sex differs from country to country and state to state. In the UK there is currently a new sexual offences bill in the process of being approved and this will have an influence on sex in public places. Currently UK dogging is mentioned in the sexual offences act under section 66 - Exposure and Section 67 - Voyeurism.

Section 66 of the law specifically states that if doggers intend to cause alarm or distress to members of the public then they are not following the law and face consequences. In other words, it is not illegal to have sex outdoors but you can get in trouble if an innocent passerby spots you and is offended. You can avoid getting into trouble by staying clear from residential areas and major car parks where anyone could turn up. It is best to be discreet and use out of the way locations to ensure no one is offended, even in your own garden.

If we look at the dogging law in the UK, section 67 talks about voyeurs that is also a big part of this community. They are only at risk if they approach adults having sex in cars that are not doggers, and therefore not consenting, but are just simply courting couples. A large number of public sex locations have grown from well-established lovers lanes and gay cruising areas, so there is a potential risk of being in breach of section 67. Luckily if you follow simple etiquette and wait for a couple to flash their headlight before you approach them , you are on the right side of the law.

As you can see there are no specific laws about this nighttime ‘sport’ and you should be fine if you take all the reasonable precautions not to offend or observe the non-dogging public. Also stay clear of taking part in any type of adult activities in Muslim countries, and rather go naughty in places like England, Scotland, Wales and Ireland.