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  • Yes. suicide. its a crime to commit suicide, but the only victim is the victim. in reality, the family, of a suicide victim, are the victims. they are left behind....to suffer.
  • Basically, anything that is illegal but does not harm anyone is a victimless crime. There are many laws based on ethics. Usually, these laws do not protect a victim from a crime, but a society from a specific behavior which some feel is inappropriate. For example, laws preventing certain sex techniques cause victimless crimes if they apply to consenting adults.
  • No. Every crime has a victim, even if the only victim is the criminal him/her self.
  • In some states/ countries certain sex acts (decency is going to prevent me going into detail but use your head)are illegal, even when taking place between consenting adults. In the relevant areas these could be considered victimless crimes. Another angle: in Britain, for example, it is illegal to own an unlicensed gun. Provided the gun was obtained via a non dubious method (e.g. smuggled from the US in a suitcase). Just owning the gun, in itself, would be a victimless crime. It only has a victim if it ends up actually being used. (Which unfortunately the owner may not have total control over).
  • There is no such thing as a "victimless crime". Laws are made to protect people so a criminal act is likely to have some victim at some level if it affects them immediately or not. Liberalists have laws that only sanctioned by the 'harm principle' (This only stops you from harming others not oneself) therefore in a liberal view there are such things as "victimless crime" and I realise that that sounds contradictive since I said that there is no such thing but in our social norms which i am going by there is no such thing. I agree that if we look at suicide you can see that it is a crime which the damage caused is overwhelmingly borne by the perpetrator so because it is caused by them it is seen to be "victimless" BUT what about their families ... I’d count them as victims myself.
  • There is no such thing as a "victimless crime". Laws are made to protect people so a criminal act is likely to have some victim at some level if it affects them immediately or not. Liberalists have laws that only sanctioned by the 'harm principle' (This only stops you from harming others not oneself) therefore in a liberal view there are such things as "victimless crime" and I realise that that sounds contradictive since I said that there is no such thing but in our social norms which i am going by there is no such thing. I agree that if we look at suicide you can see that it is a crime which the damage caused is overwhelmingly borne by the perpetrator so because it is caused by them it is seen to be "victimless" BUT what about their families ... I’d count them as victims myself.
  • Three common examples: Growing marijuana, prostitution & committing suicide. (suicide-bombers excepted)
  • Yes I believe so... gambling is a crime in some places how ever every one in the game enters willingly weather its a high stakes poker game or betting on your favorite sports team win or loose thier is NO victim.
  • In many countries, there are crimes which do not have any direct victims. For example, possessing certain substances has been made illegal in pretty much every part of the world, despite that possession of these substances does not, of itself, cause harm to anybody. The term "There's no such thing as a victimless crime" has been used time and time again by people in support of laws which create victimless crimes. However, I believe that whether or not the law is just, it doesn't necessarily mean the crime is victimless. Also, I think that too many crimes cause more harm to people when they are prosecuted for them rather than just doing the thing anyway.
  • definitley if i pee on the public street at 4 in the morning and i get caught because it was seen on the camera of one of the stoplights, its definitely a victimless crime
  • Looking at the big picture is there a true "victimless crime" all crimes whether identifable or not have victims. Prostitution for example, the prostitute more often than not is being controlled and forced into such thing by "pimps". Suicide is another good example, in most religions and moral values killing even yourself is not exceptable, yet they write suicide off as a victimless crime.
  • Blasphemy laws for one thing. But you'll notice that when someone is offended, they deem their being offended to be a crime. Most of the other answerers are correct; if it doesn't actually harm someone else, then it's victimless crime Suicide? V.C. Sure a few folks will get snippy. What did they not do to prevent it?
  • But thats the thing about calling it a "Crime" It doesn't just mean you broke the law. All crimes have victims if you pee on the street the city is the victims (and whoevers house your closest to) Crime includes victims because who would care if no one was the victim? If thats the case why call it a crime?
  • Sounds like a contradiction of terms to me. If there's no victim, how is it a crime? ---- crime –noun 1. an action or an instance of negligence that is deemed injurious to the public welfare or morals or to the interests of the state and that is legally prohibited. 2. criminal activity and those engaged in it: to fight crime. 3. the habitual or frequent commission of crimes: a life of crime. 4. any offense, serious wrongdoing, or sin. 5. a foolish, senseless, or shameful act: It's a crime to let that beautiful garden go to ruin.
  • according to the law books (Iowa law anyways, dont know about other states) prostitution is considered a victimless crime
  • Legally, no. In those cases, the "state" or the "public" is the victim. In reality, yes, there are. Public Intoxication is a good example. By your mere presence in a public place, under the influence, is victimless. . And despite what anyone thinks, suicide is not classified as a crime in any state in the US, while attempting suicide still is.
  • Being the victim of a peeping-Tom. If you never knew you were being watched, then what did you have to lose?
  • Why would you call a victimless crime a crime if there is no victims it makes no sense. If thats the case why bother wasting time, taxes, and jail space to put people in just for this "Victmless Crime". The truth is plain and simple ... There is no true victimless crime

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