Lancashire Evening Post pays out for identifying sex victims

The Evening Post has been landed with a £3000 fine and £4000 compensation order after it admitted identifying two women who had been victims of sexual assault. Under the 2003 Sexual Offences Act, victims of sexual assault are granted anonymity for life. The paper had reported on a case involving a local brothel but in identifying the women had not realised they had been previously identified as victims of sex trafficing offences (from which they derived the automatic anonymity).


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