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Whistling at women in Peru could land you behind bars for 12 years

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Men who hiss at women on the streets of Lima might soon find themselves whistling all the way to jail.

A new law passed last week in Peru calls for jail sentences of up to 12 years for men those who make lewd comments at women in public places. The catcall crackdown comes weeks after a Peruvian anti-street harassment video called “Silbale a tu madre” (“Catcall your mother”) went viral, drawing men’s attention to the situation women face on the streets of the Peruvian capital every day.

Police officials told Peruvian daily El Comercio that officers are being trained on ways to better handle complaints about sexual harassment. But the new law has some men hissing.

“How do you determine whether a look or a whistle is being done with sexual intent?” demanded lawyer Luis Lamas Puccio.

The catcall-your-mother video, a public-service announcement produced by the sporting goods company Everlast, took a novel approach to addressing…

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