Get a room — unless you're in Guadalajara

The Mexican city now turns a blind eye to public sex as long as no one complains.

Eric Walter
August 21, 2018 - 11:55 am
Couple kissing against the backdrop of the city

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PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — Amorous couples in Guadalajara, Mexico, have less to fear now if they let their emotions get the best of them in public spaces. Lawmakers there have approved a change to the city's bylaws that will allow consenting adults to have sex in public — as long as no one complains about it. 

The amendment reads: "Having sexual relations or committing acts of exhibitionism of a sexual nature in public places, vacant lots, inside vehicles or in private locations in public view will be considered administrative offenses, as long as a citizen requests police intervention." 

The goal, as reported by Mexican newspaper El Universal, is to free up police to focus on more serious crimes.

The move will also prevent police from collecting extortion money from young people who "give their love" to each other in a consensual manner, said the politician who proposed the change, Guadalupe Morfin Otero. She said a survey of university students found that 90 percent of respondents had been victims of extortion in lieu of a night in jail for committing immoral or exhibitionist acts.

Guadalajara, the capital of the state of Jalisco, is a city of 1.5 million people and is considered to be one of the most conservative in the country. Many citizens who see public sex as immoral are not happy with the change, fearing that it will enable rape and pedophilia. 

Now whether a couple meets for an afternoon delight in a parked car or on a park bench, police will be authorized only to detain and fine them if a citizen complains and they refuse to take their show on the road. 

With its new nod to exhibitionists, Guadalajara will now find out how many of its citizens are voyeurs.