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Let’s talk about sex…

Although it’s been eclipsed a little by undercover work of a different nature over the last couple of days, there has been a lot of talk in the news recently about undercover officers who infiltrate certain potentially criminal groups.

The focus has been particularly placed on Mark Kennedy, who was under cover for seven years as an environmental activist, complete with long hair, goatee and earrings. So far, so not very James Bond…

One similarity though might be that Mr Kennedy, during his seven years undercover, slept with some of the female activists he met, without revealing his true identity. This has led to angry reactions from activists, and to women protesting outside Scotland Yard, “to express solidarity with all the women who have been exploited by men they thought they could trust.”
There has also been calls to clarify what the Metropolitan Police’s policy was regarding these actions. It’s not clear yet what the policy is or indeed if there is any but it seems that although there is no explicit instruction to have or not have sex, it is seen as a fairly inevitable and sometimes necessary by product of the mission carried out.

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