Indeed, the fact that the majority ignore many of the laws, say on drug-taking, in countries founded on democratic principles should encourage the governments elected by those majorities to repeal the laws.
This encourages disrespect for the law, including disrespect for laws involving crimes with victims. One image, if executed maliciously, can create such an intense pernicious effect on the individual photographed, that it can cause undue effects on their reputation, or even psychological state.
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Supreme Court has ruled that local communities can pass statutes outlawing any sexually explicit materials. That current laws criminalizing theft do not deter thieves is not an argument for decriminalizing theft although theft is not in any way a victimless crime. Pornography involves the sale of sexually explicit materials intended to sexually excite paying customers.
The "victims" are not going to report it and arrest statistics are unreliable indicators of prevalence, often varying in line with local political pressure to "do something" about a local problem rather than reflecting the true incidence of criminal activity.
To assert that the shades of behaviour represented by such "crimes" should be retained or decriminalized ignores the range of arguments that can be mustered on both sides, but the most fundamental question remains whether the government has the right to enforce laws prohibiting private behaviour.
Find in a Library You have clicked. What is the primary role of law enforcement? Public enforcement of morality will inevitably lead to individuals with underdeveloped moral compasses of their own, instead resulting in external restraint substituting for internal restraint, and, thus, greater immorality, deviance, and societal decadence.