What is dogging, how popular is public sex in the UK, where are the most notorious sites and is it illegal?

DOGGING is a British slang term for having sex in public in the view of others.

The practice seems to occur up and down the country as randy exhibitionists play out their fantasies in car parks and woodland across the land.

What is dogging?

Dogging is a British slang term of having sex in public while other people watch.

The phrase is thought to come from the term “walking the dog” as dog walkers used to happen across couples getting amorous outdoors.

The practice usually occurs in car parks and woodland and frequently involves strangers in an either active or voyeuristic role.

In 2003, the term “dogging” rose to prominence when it was reported that the craze was sweeping the internet as exhibitionists used the web to set up dogging meets.

How popular is public sex in the UK?

Public sex seems to be something of a national hobby for a great many Brits.

Last year a survey revealed that 43 per cent of Brits admitted to getting it on in a public place.

The study conducted by TV channel Alibi showed that it was in fact the second most common crime, after speeding, people admitted to having committed.

Where are the UK’s most notorious dogging sites?

Dogging seems to be pretty much nationwide with virtually every county apparently having a site according to various dogging up websites.

The activity seems particularly popular in South London with one survey claiming that 12 of the 21 most popular sites were in the area.

Neighbouring Kent also featured highly on the list but people getting frisky al fresco is by no means restricted to the South East.

One survey claimed Manchester was the UK’s number one city for dogging but there are well known sites in the Midlands, across the North, East Anglia, the West Country, Wales and Scotland.

Is dogging illegal in the UK?

Although the practice of dogging is not explicitly banned by one particular law, there are a multitude of offences anyone one caught doing the dirty in public could be charged with.

These include anything from indecent exposure, public lewdness and gross indecency, to name a few.

People caught dogging could be prosecuted under the Sexual Offences Act 2003 or under the common law offence of outraging public decency.

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