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Victimless Crime Essay

1564 words - 7 pages

Kathryn Franklin
12/8/2012
Criminal Law

Victimless Crimes
In our society there are many different types of crimes. There are crimes, in which victims are involved such as assault and battery, armed robbery, and murder. Then there are crimes known as victimless crimes. Victimless crimes are crimes in which victims aren’t involved such as prostitution, drug abuse, and white collar crimes. What constitutes a victim though? The exact definition of victim is, a person harmed, injured, or killed as a result of a crime, accident, or other event or action. Taking this in, is victimless crimes truly victimless? In my eyes, no they aren’t. Throughout this paper I will give my point of view of ...view middle of the document...

It doesn't account for the tens of thousands of children orphaned by the violence” (fantz, 2012). These numbers doesn’t even include the rest of the US either. Many people have died from the use of drugs or the involvement of selling, smuggling, or stealing the drugs.
When taking a look at prostitution, you notice that most of these women start off as young girls who have had a hard childhood, hung out with the wrong group, got into drugs, and got involved with older guys who took advantage and manipulated them into becoming a prostitute. These girls have most likely been abuse or sexually assaulted by a stranger, friend, family member, maybe even her father. Some of these girls probably never even seen their father and their mothers worked way too much to even pay attention to them. Some of these girls never knew love and was taught you get what you want by your looks. Last but not least, some of these girls were kidnapped and forced into this rough life they lead. Finally, a small handful of these girls just chose the path they’re on for whatever reason they could think of.
In San Francisco alone “out of the 130 prostitute interviewees Fifty-seven percent reported a history of childhood sexual abuse, by an average of 3 perpetrators. Forty-nine percent of those who responded reported that as children, they had been hit or beaten by a caregiver until they had bruises or were injured in some way. Eighty-two percent of these respondents reported having been physically assaulted since entering prostitution. Of those who had been physically assaulted, 55% had been assaulted by customers. Eighty-eight percent had been physically threatened while in prostitution, and 83% had been physically threatened with a weapon. Eight percent reported physical attacks by pimps and customers which had resulted in serious injury (for example, gunshot wounds, knife wounds, injuries from attempted escapes).

Sixty-eight percent of these respondents reported having been raped since entering prostitution. Forty-eight percent had been raped more than five times. Forty-six percent of those who reported rapes stated that they had been raped by customers. Forty-nine percent reported that pornography was made of them in prostitution; and 32% had been upset by an attempt to make them do what customers had seen in pornography. Eight percent reported HIV infection. Seventeen percent of these respondents stated that they would choose immediate admission to a hospital for an acute emotional problem or drug addiction or both. Five percent reported that they were currently suicidal. A drug abuse problem was reported by 75% of these respondents and an alcohol abuse problem by 27%. Duration of the drug or alcohol problem ranged from 3 months to 30 years” (Farley, 2001).
“Many seemed profoundly uncertain as to just what "abuse" is. When asked why she answered "no" to the question regarding childhood sexual abuse, one woman whose history was known to one of the interviewers...

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