What_is_a_Victimless_Crime2006

What_is_a_Victimless_Crime2006 - What is a Victimless...

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1 What is a Victimless Crime? The commonly accepted definition of victimless crimes usually includes the following components. 1. Consensual activity carried out by consenting adults. 2. The activity in question is either illegal (e.g. drug use) or heavily stigmatized (e.g. homosexuality). 3. There is a lack of direct harm to anyone other than the consenting participants. 4. The potential harm to the participants is not significant and is accepted by them. These components give rise to a significant debate regarding whether such activities should be criminalized and/or stigmatized that can be broken down into the “decriminalization” and “criminalization” camps. The decriminalization forces generally make some or all of the following arguments: Society has no right to prohibit behavior unless there is significant social harm to people other than the participants. Moral disapproval alone is insufficient justification for prohibiting an activity, e.g. abortion and pornography.
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