mikea105 - victimless crime is an oxymoron and a contradiction to boot. The only reason I can think of for Dilbert, et.al. to need dosimeters is that that is NOT the real PHB, it's the one from the alternate universe. Someone get the geiger counter and check him out....
Victimless crimes? Well, most of them actually do have victims, but most of them are victims of their own bad choices. For example, the lowest level of prostitutes, streetwalkers. They are mostly drug addicts of some kind or another, and that is their way of supporting their habit. They are victims of their own addiction, and often victims of violence by their "customers" and low-life pimps (most of whom would register at least a "5" on that Hitler meter).
Then you have all the drug laws, which are not only futile but counter-productive as they create the wealth of the drug cartels. Much of the violence in our "bad" neighborhoods and in Mexico today is caused by those drug laws and the illegitimate wealth they create.
Society has reacted to the evil caused by drugs and prostitution by outlawing them. This simply drives it underground where it gets twisted into horror because of the lack of oversight. After all, it's illegal, so who is going to run it? Crooks. For example, a 15 year old might have trouble buying alcohol in most places -- but drug dealers NEVER card you.
Think about it -- is there ANYONE out there who wants drugs but says "oh, I'd love to be a junkie, but I can't do that -- it's ILLEGAL". I doubt it. If anything, the illegality adds spice to the whole thing.
The solution? Instead of criminalizing these things, how about regulating them? Legalize, license and tax prostitution and drugs. Yes, people who get involved in them, particularly drugs, have a problem. Treat it as a medical issue (as we do with alcoholics), not as a criminal offense. Offer help to those who are victims of their bad choices, and try to help them recover from their mistakes.
After all, haven't we pretty much done that with the other big victimless crime, gambling? Once illegal everywhere except Nevada, it's now widespread, and society hasn't fallen apart. Regulate and tax them, and it's a nice revenue stream for government PLUS the oversight will help clean up the problem. Let's stop funding drug cartels and pimps. Let's abolish these victimless "crimes" -- instead regulate those activities and tax them.
History proves that "all the king's horses and all the king's men" haven't been able to eliminate any of these "crimes". The US has the same percentage of addicts we had back when Nixon declared the "war on drugs". Now 40 years and billions and billions of dollars later, we still have the same percentage of addicts we had then. But the drug cartels are doing great.