(noun) An act or behavior that is against the law but that only harms the individuals who consented to engage in it.
Example: Gambling, prostitution, and recreational drug use are typically discussed a possible victimless crimes.
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- Plural: victimless crimes
- Term popularized by Edwin Schur in the Crimes Without Victims: Deviant Behavior and Public Policy: Abortion, Homosexuality, Drug Addictions (1965).
- The “victim” in a victimless crime is not a person but a given society and its beliefs, norms, and values.
- Victimless crimes are studied in criminology.
- Vice crimes are often victimless crimes.
- A type of crime.
- Davies, Pamela, Peter Francis, and Chris Greer. 2007. Victims, Crime and Society. Los Angeles: SAGE.
- Schur, Edwin M., and Hugo Adam Bedau. 1974. Victimless Crimes: Two Sides of a Controversy. Englewood Cliffs, NJ: Prentice-Hall.