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In society many people are debating whether or not victimless crimes are harmful. Some people believe there are “true” victims and particular consequences should follow. Others believe these crimes are wrong in terms of their morality. The history of victimless crimes, the type of crimes, and society’s view on these crimes can offer evidence as to why these types of crimes are morally wrong and should be decriminalized. This paper demonstrates that victimless crimes are morally wrong rather than harmful.
A victimless crimecan be described as an act that is illegal, but consensual and lacks a complaining participant (Veneziano & Veneziano, 1993). Those that participate in these types of crimes do so willingly and without force. Victimless crimes have also been referred to as public order crimes, but there is debate over whether there are actual victims and whether or not these types of crimes are harmful (Veneziano, 2014). The common traditional victimless crimes are gambling, prostitution, and drug use. …show more content…
During the Medieval times, people were punished if crimes were committed against “family and morals”. At this time in history all power was accorded to the Church. The Church would punish those who committed acts against “family and morals”, such as adultery and acts of nonviolent sexual behavior (in-text book). As time went on, the Monarch courts began to take power over the Church. The crimes against “family and morals” became crimes against public morals. The debate of whether law should play a role in the implementation of public morals was started by two English scholars, John Stuart Mill and Sir James F.

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