The Queen’s Peace: Reflections on the Spatial Politics of Sexuality in Law
The ‘Bolton 7’, composed of seven men and an ‘unnamed minor’ were all charged and guilty of buggery after they have been found to be in possession of and had created videos that exhibited gross indecency. While five of the accused were subject to probation orders and were assigned to attend community service, the two older men were not only to be imprisoned, they were to register as ‘sex offenders’ under the Sex Offenders Act 1997. This chapter looks into and analyzes the various spatial themes involved in the trials and controversies attributed to this particular case. Such spatial dimensions mostly concern the intimate and domestic spaces of the home, the assertion of how such a crime produced no victims, and how criminal law may be involved with such ‘behind closed doors’ operations.
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