Passenger Secretly Films Public Transit Riders and Then Posts The Videos on the Internet, All Without Fear of Criminal Prosecution

New York City Woman rides subway. (But it could just as readily be a bus in any city.)

Fellow Passenger admires Woman. Actually, he does a little bit more than that.

Passenger carries his coffee cup with him. But instead of coffee in his cup, Passenger has hidden a small video camera.

And he’s videotaping Woman. And, later on, putting the video up on the internet for all to see.

He’s done this to roughly thirty-four unwitting women besides Woman.

Upon learning what has happened, the women all feel violated and frightened.

But, because the women are all out in public, making the videos does not constitute a crime under New York law.

As it happens, Passenger’s account is terminated by the online video hosting service on which he is placing his videos. But there are other such services.

Whether Passenger’s conduct constitutes a crime may vary from one state to another.

Even if Passenger’s behavior isn’t criminal, depending on the state, the women may have one or more civil remedies available to restrain some or all of Passenger’s conduct and/or to make Passenger liable to them for money damages.

An easier option may be to dress to portray anonymity.

Read more in this New York Post article: Creep with hidden camera targets young women on subway.