'CanadaCreep' Twitter account suspended for 'upskirt' photos


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Hundreds of women were secretly photographed and their images were posted on a Canadian Twitter account called @CanadaCreep.

The photos were mostly taken in Calgary, Alberta, and pictured women’s clothed breasts, buttocks or genitals.

Calgary police say they are investigating, while online sleuths try to identify the “Calgary Creep”.

Twitter has suspended the account, which amassed 17,000 followers in just under a year.

“I was pretty mad that this was happening to me and also to a bunch of younger girls,” Alexandra Constantinidis, 22, told the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation.

“It’s a little violating having somebody film you when walking down the street.”

Friends told Ms Constantinidis on Monday evening about a minute-long video of her walking downtown.

Many of the images and videos on the account were filmed up a woman’s skirt. Since news of the account has spread online, many have circulated images from the account which appear to show the photographer reflected in mirrors or windows.

“On the hunt to find this dirtbag,” said one internet sleuth.

Staff Sgt Cory Dayley said the videos are “clearly disturbing” and that police are investigating and may seek criminal charges.

In Canada, a person can be charged with voyeurism if they “surreptitiously” observe someone who has “reasonable expectation of privacy”.

A conviction can carry a sentence of anywhere between six months and two years per offence.

“Anything that’s going to be underneath a layer of clothing would be considered an expectation of privacy in our minds,” he told media on Tuesday.



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