Victimless Crimes


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Victimless Crimes

Crime where there is no apparent victim and no apparent pain or injury. This class of crime usually involves only consenting adults in activities such as Prostitution, Sodomy, and Gaming where the acts are not public, no one is harmed, and no one complains of the activities. Some groups advocate legalizing victimless crimes by removing these acts from the law books. Other critics complain that there is no such thing as a victimless crime; whenever one of these crimes is committed but goes unpunished, individual mores, societal values, and the Rule of Law are undermined or compromised, rendering society itself the victim.

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In his many speeches advocating decriminalization of certain victimless crimes, Professor Norval Morris, former dean of the University of Chicago Law School, asserts that the criminal justice system should concentrate more specifically on those offenders whose behavior prevents citizens from feeling safe.
A MAN who downloaded hundreds of child sex abuse images from the internet has a prison sentence hanging over his head after a judge told him his were not victimless crimes.
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The sources include the difficulty in policing victimless crimes in general and the resulting need for intrusive police techniques; the greater relevancy of this difficulty given the intensification of the drug war since the 1980s; and the additional incentive that asset forfeiture laws give police forces to seize money and property from suspects.
But Mr Blair is to announce an extension of the scheme to cover so-called victimless crimes, such as damage to phone boxes and graffiti being sprayed on walls.
Executive director Rita Sklar said: "We don't believe in prosecuting these victimless crimes."