An artist who invited complete strangers to fondle her genitals
in public has been arrested in Trafalgar Square.
Controversial performer Milo Moire had been travelling Europe for her new â€˜Mirror Boxâ€™ show, which is designed to promote womenâ€™s right to not be touched.
So far her performance has taken in Dusseldorf and Amsterdam,
but when she took her art to Trafalgar Square, in London, she fell
foul of the law.
During the show, Ms Moire allowed passers-by over the age of 18 to touch her breasts or genitals for thirty seconds.
â€œBut their chief constable did not.â€
Ms Moire said her treatment highlights different approaches in
Europe.Â â€œIn Amsterdam it was very
different â€“ they are more free towards
â€œBut in London it was more strict â€“ too strict I think. They donâ€™t understand this form of performance.â€She claims that before her arrest, her audience in Trafalgar Square were responding well.
Â It was very interesting to see many women, who were there for a long time watching and seemed interested,â€ she said.
â€œI canâ€™t look around all the time â€“ I have to concentrate because it could be dangerous for me.
â€œBut I got the feeling people were interested.
â€œThen some mothers called the police I think because they felt offended.
â€œIt wonâ€™t stop me. It is a risk, but it is a risk I am willing to take.â€
Speaking before the show, she said:
Â â€œI am standing here today for womenâ€™s rights and sexual self-determination.
â€œWomen have a sexuality, just like men have one
Â However, women decide for themselves when and how they want to be touched and when they donâ€™t.
â€œToday, you have the chance to touch the box for thirty seconds and feel free. It doesnâ€™t matter if youâ€™re a woman or a man.â€
A Scotland Yard spokesman said:
Â â€œPolice were called to Trafalgar Square at 6:25pm on Sunday, June 5, after a member of the public complained about the behaviour of a woman in the area.
Â Officers arrived and arrested a man and woman on suspicion of outraging public decency.â€
He added the woman was charged with outraging public decency; the man was released no further action.