I have never, nor will I ever, commit any crime that has a victim. Things such as stealing or physically harming another individual are rightfully illegal, and should remain as such. However, victimless crimes such as drugs, underage drinking, prostitution regulated in a way so that all participants are willing, and gambling shouldn't be illegal at all - let people do with their life as they please so long as they aren't hurting anyone.
So long as the crimes are 100% victimless then i see no reason why they should be illegal.
The problem with this hypothetical scenario would be the transitional period. Take cannabis as the example whilst buying an eighth and blazing up at home hurts no one, the process of that eighth arriving in your hands can have many detrimental effects on the people involved. Whilst A great deal of marijuana is grown domestically and an ever growing trend in users growing there own supply there is still a huge gang culture involved in the production and cultivation of the plant and should the demand for this product be taken away as you can now pick up your pot with your king skins at Sainsburys the people who previously made their living supplying you will need to turn to other avenues to make there money leading to higher crime rates in other areas such as burglary, muggings and the sale of other more dangerous drugs.
Now it can be argued that if pot had always been legal then this culture surrounding it would never of existed however those who do think that victimless crime should be made legal really need to examine every aspect of the crime and the probable outcomes of legalizing such activities
My son has been sitting in a correctional in upstate NY for almost 3 years he has not been sentence's and his lawyer is not forthcoming with information to this family. He has caused not trouble and has not record to speak of. I don't understand the good keeping someone who has not be in trouble before locked up for an undermine amount of time his lawyers says 5 years but the deal has not been signed off by a judge yet every court date he has been canceled. Yes wrong is what he did but no one was hurt and the county spent an ungodly amount of money on this one drug case. Its almost November and yet another court date has been postpone. I cant get any information out of the lawyer and alot of time I get letter from my son that he didn't understand what the lawyer was saying to him. He is now on I believe his 3rd PSR I need help getting my son home. Angelgirl21ny2AOL.COM ANYONE OUT THERE I AM NOT SURE WERE TO TURN AT A LOSS. Was arrested December 2012
Because there's a new thing called - no one is harmed?
Seriously if no one else other than the consenting individual is affected, it's not a crime. Oh, unless a major industry's profits are jeopardized. In that case, whatever it is instantly qualifies as a crime against humanity and the worst thing ever.
Not even joking here.
I find it sickening and repulsive that people believe that they can run other peoples lives. Victimless crimes should be legal... Based on voluntaryism and the NAP all of these "crimes" should become legal. If a man and a women choose to exchange money for sex that should be their business and nobody else's.. Same goes for drugs, gambling and many other things... Why ruin someones life by sending them to prison for a little grass? WTF is wrong with people?
The rights of the individual is vastly superior to that of the group. The basis to the opposition of victimless crimes being legalized, is that they will damage society as a whole. They basically claim" Even though you use your free will and even though this harms no one, it goes against our values." This basically means we don't care about your rights, we just think this is wrong even though it harms no one. This thinking is what allowed homeosexuals to be mercilessly persecuted until just in the past few decades.
Law enforcement was developed and put in place to protect people from other people, not to protect people from themselves. No matter how many laws are put in place regarding drugs, people will still take them. That is there choice, and they should not be punished for that. If these things were legal they could be regulated, and even taxed. That money can go towards education, awareness campaigns, and even rehabilitation facilities. The biggest thing is regulation, that is what can help people, and EDUCATION. We educate kids in school about the consequences of alcohol abuse and smoking, but not enough about the actual biological effects of drugs, we are only told that they are bad. That's not enough. We need to know the facts, the SCIENTIFIC facts, not the statistics manipulated by the government to unsuccessfully deter people from committing acts such as drug taking or even paying for sex. And remember, PROHIBITION DOESN'T WORK.
Drug dealers rob because they cannot purchase their drugs legally. Prostitutes are coerced and abused by pimps and clients because their profession has no legal protection. Just look at alcohol prohibition. Once it went away all the gangsters had to find new avenues to exploit. If gambling, prostitution and drugs were legal everywhere then there would be very few areas where illegal gangs could make any money, making it much harder for them to recruit members and terrorize the public.
Tax avoidance, piracy, etc have sometimes been described as victimless crimes - even stealing. Clearly there are victims to these crime (the taxpayer, the person who was stolen from) and so these should remain illegal.
And yet there are truly victimless crimes. Possession of weed, for example. Or, a more controversial one, consensual incest. These things do no harm to anyone other than themselves, and truly no more harm than many legal things. For my first example, smoking weed is much less harmful than binge-drinking alcohol, and, for the second case, any regrets you have later regarding an incestuous relation are your own regrets to make, the same as having a one night stand with a stranger. Making them illegal is not only pointless, but is cruel and harmful. Take prostitution - across the globe, prostitutes are the victims of violence because it is not properly regulated.
Most of what i can see in the section against legalizing victimless crimes is that there is no such thing as a "victimless crime" some even stating that stealing,piracy is a victimless crime or can be considered one, first of all stealing and piracy is financially damaging and can also be mentally damaging if the item stolen was of significant importance, however lets take a look at victimless crimes such as the ones that come up mostly are:
3: Drug abuse
But lets not forget they are not the only ones, some less often talked about are for instance pornography and sexual acts between consenting adults that may lead to bodily harm or property damage or a "fetish" (for instance the spanner operation http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Operation_Spanner).
When it comes to prostitution and drug use it should be stated that legalizing it outright may not be the best idea however if you legalize it and regulate distribution and legal methods of consumption (eg: alcohol, you are not meant to be drinking and driving ) in my opinion it can work, when it comes to drugs methods of consumption i feel it would be appropriate that you not be in a position of responsibility (eg: Driving, currently taking care of children etc. . .)
and that the location be in a facility specifically built for consumers or in one's own home whilst not being the aforementioned position of responsibility the same comes for prostitution being held in brothels and the like.
Now on to what i have found to be the least often talked about and that is sexual act's and depictions of sexual act's (eg: fictional pieces of art) as stated before with corresponding link to said case the spanner operation harmed no one that was UN-consenting and had no chance of that being the case, still the consenting adults where trialed and arrested for merely expressing there free will.
On with the train of thought some types of fetish's are illegal to make videos of participate in and distribute, it varies from country to country of course so i feel you would be better of looking it up, now on to some truly victimless crime's that come from the depictions of aforementioned fetishes and the depictions of minors in fictional artwork, many people have been arrested for possessing, distributing and creating said material even though the material on its own and during its creation harmed nobody! (http://www.Techcult.Com/judge-the-simpsons-parody-is-child-pornography/ one example of many), now i already hear the arguments and i see it all the time and i have read about it being lobbied against people in court cases and its that the creation,possession and distribution material leads to actual sexual child abuse, that's where the argument ends from what i tell as i have yet to find any credible scientific proof of said fact because its literally copy past the argument that violence in video games leads to actual world violence despite the multiple studies showing otherwise.
Victimless crimes does not exist! All crimes have a victim, some more than others. The alleged "victimless" crimes does in fact have a victim...The state (all the citizens)! Crimes with victims are usually one to a few individuals who were DIRECTLY affected by the crime. On the other hand, a "victimless" crime affects a system such as the economy (ex bootlegging, piracy, etc). These crimes affect the entire population indirectly (ex, increased insurance rates, increased taxes, etc.) There is no such thing as a victimless crime.
If you think about it. Regardless of whether or not there is a victim. There will always be one. You. I know some people argue as to why is it a big deal if the only person hurting is yourself and no one else. Think about it. Marijuana may not effect anyone else but yourself but the reality is that it effects those around you. I have had friends that decided weed is more important than our friendship, and I've dated someone who decided that ignoring me and standing me up for drugs is better than our relationship. It hurts those around you IF you are not careful!! I'm not saying it should be looked at as a crime and you should be arrested for it but no crime no matter how small is victimless.
There is no such thing as a victimless crime. All crimes can affect people, even drugs. Although, it may not bother you that someone engages themselves in drugs it can still affect someone somewhere. Prostitution for example, I do not agree with. That is in no way a victimless crime. And as for alcohol, I would not define that as being a crime. I mean, it can be if someone chooses to turn it into a situation such as that by drinking and driving for example, but in many instances it does not affect anyone in a bad way. Alcohol can have a bad affect on someone, thus making it a crime that does have a victim. But in other instances, a person is completely fine with the effects of alcohol. It honestly just depends on the person, because no two people are the same. But all crimes have a victim, in my book. At least that's the way I see it anyway. ;)
Point blank no matter what crime you commit there is a victim. If you steal-the person you stole from or if you do drugs it affects you AND those around you. No matter what someone is always effected in any action you take and in all cases if your committing a crime there is at least one victim.
If victimless crimes became legal then these crimes would spiral out of control from the big cities to the small 'middle of nowhere' towns all over whatever country it is implemented in. If this was legal then the crimes such as breaking and entering would be legal! Would you want someone in your house at night with your knowledge and you can't do anything about it?!?!
For all other those saying yes, it's like basically saying it's okay if i die because i chose to die. No, you do not get to choose when you die, and no you do not get to choose to ruin your life with drug, alcohol, and prostitution, and weed. NO.
This debate is a mixed bag for me, first of all, defining a victimless crime is a difficult process, and in my eyes theres only two 'victimless' crimes' that should remain illegal, underage drinking being one, since people below the age of consent to drink are generally decided on the responsibility of the average population, its defined for a reason and it can be harmful to kids, it isnt victimless, thebkids are thebvictims of their parents neglect, the other is drugs, drugs harm everyone, the users harm their bodies and are often under constant threat for lack of payment, manybdrugs can easilly prove fatal and the damage it does to the familie and relationships of their users is inconceivable, the drugs trade is a cut throat and violent business world wide that funds and fuels other criminal activity such as murder, theft, vandalism, assault, fraud, rape, publoc indency, anti social behaviour, rioting and even terrorism, i understand that a legal drugs trade would reduce some crimes, but the damage it does to individuals? It wouldnt hold out for long, and it wouldnt totally illiminate the problem, even if it did itd only be temporary, and regulation would only result in more protest. I do however agree that gambling should be legalised, it would be easier to regulate people with gambling problems than drug problems, as for prostitution, a consenting sex worker shouldnt have any legal trouble, it should be down to the individual to establish a sex business in a safe and secure environment with checks on their clients, sex between consenting adults for any reason should not be illegal (although incestual sex if at all probably shouldnt result in offspring) finally pornography should always be legal as long as it doesnt break any other laws (child abuse, animal abuse etc) and all participating members are of their country's legal age to be in porn and are consenting to it, but thats just my opinion, drugs are evil, paid/public sex/ nudity and gambling are a ok with me
Although the crime may be victimless it does not mean someone was not affected by it. Some crimes such as stealing can be considered victimless, but it still has an affect on the person who's property was stolen. By leaving them as illegal we are granting protection and consequences for peoples actions.