victimless crime


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victimless crime

an act which is defined as an offence within a country's criminal law but which does not result in anyone's physical, financial or other harm. This issue came into sociological discussion in the late 1960s associated with LABELLING THEORY and the NATIONAL DEVIANCY CONFERENCE. Subsequent discussion has highlighted problems with the concept, particularly when the ‘public at large’ may be viewed as the ‘victim’ of such activities as soliciting by prostitutes or soft drug use.
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He said: "ATM attacks are not victimless crimes, which is why we need the Government, police forces, civil society organisations and the ATM industry to take action now to contain the threat of future ATM attacks."
"Nationally, counterfeit goods cost the UK economy more than PS17bn a year and last year destroyed an estimated 72,000 jobs in this country - that's hardly a victimless crime.
"It may seem like a victimless crime but people need to remember that even if the van and its contents are insured, a builder or electrician can't work and earn money without their tools."
Tom Gardiner, head of fraud at Aviva, said: "A combination of factors including the economic climate, social attitudes toward insurance fraud as a 'victimless crime',' and a lack of effective deterrents are increasing the frequency of insurance fraud."
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Metal theft is not a victimless crime. These thefts represent a serious safety and cost risk to the public.
Then you should try the new victimless crime of gift token laundering.
He added: "Illegal working is not a victimless crime. It undercuts honest employers and has a serious impact on communities, taking jobs from those who are genuinely allowed to work."
"This is not a victimless crime," said California Insurance Commissioner John Garamendi.
Talk about a victimless crime! It's just about the easiest bust on earth, right up there with nailing people for speeding on a downhill mountain road.
But the courts view cargo theft as a victimless crime, Thornton said, and they leave insurers, reinsurers and shippers to take care of the losses.
And does Justice Shaw really suppose that there is such a thing as a victimless crime?