chapter  8
20 Pages

Organised crime and its policing

ByDan Silverstone

Equally, we are aware that some actions that we now consider as an expression of our legitimate desires and part of our basic freedoms or human rights, such as expressing our sexuality with whomever we choose, man or woman, have until recently been illegal and are still illegal in some countries. In the UK, for example, it was not until 1967 that having homosexual sex was declared legal. Finally, most if not all of us have broken the law at some point, whether it is by driving too fast or by taking illegal drugs, or legal ones too soon. Yet, if we are not actually caught for any of these crimes, in what sense are we really a criminal?