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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"Selling counterfeit clothes is not a victimless crime. The genuine producers of clothing employ thousands of people across the world and these fake goods have an impact on them.
"Metal theft is far from a victimless crime; it causes frustration and disruption to commuters and can be a real burden on taxpayers who are forced to fund, directly or indirectly, costly replacements, especially on the railway network.
She said: "In the past couple of years we have really tried to say, this is not a victimless crime
THERE are those who think benefit fraud is a victimless crime.
Despite admitting that he chopped down the ``eyesore'', Geade committed a victimless crime, Fresno police said.
It is certainly not a victimless crime - people have carefully tended these graves for years."
Initially reluctant to do anything illegal, Kelly-Marie has a change of heart, persuaded by Alex's promise it's a victimless crime.
"Far from being a victimless crime, the trade in illicit tobacco has serious consequences for crime and health in the community and causes economic detriment to legitimate local businesses."
"It's important to note that shoplifting isn't a victimless crime as many people may think."
The burglars would have us believe it is a victimless crime as they break in just to steal property such as jewellery, cash and electrical items.
Coun Tracey Dixon said: "Sale of illegal tobacco is not a victimless crime. Children and young people are often targeted by dealers, putting them at risk of developing a harmful addiction.
"People often think of lead theft as a victimless crime. But this incident just shows that it is not a victimless crime and that it impacts on the very heart of the community.