The American legal system is one of trial and error. Laws are created by a group of individuals, usually men, who sometimes have little practical experience in the area for which the law is suppose to govern. This method of law creation may explain why sex workers, who are usually victims themselves, are subject to laws that seek to punish them rather than help.
Crimes involving alleged sexual abuse can be hard for the public to stomach. The act of forcefully taking what is normally given in love or pleasure can so incite individuals that a mere accusation is all that is needed to damage the reputation and professional life of the accused. The public at large holds sexual crimes with such distain that one instance of misjudgment can require a lifetime of public penance in the form of the sex offender registry.
Foster care and adoption have a long and mostly positive history in the United States. But as awareness and reporting advance, in recent years there have been more cases of child abuse and neglect from adoption situations. Crimes of a sexual nature, especially those performed against children or the disabled are viewed as especially heinous in the United States. The crimes are so despised that even an allegation of such an act can be enough to effectively ruin an individual's life regardless of whether or not the claim is true.
The internet is one of the greatest inventions of mankind. It has allowed for people to across the world to talk and share information with the simple click of a button. There is a darker side to the rise of the internet as cyber-crimes are rampant however. A particularly frowned upon type of sex crime involves adults preying on the young, whether it is through the possession of child pornography or seducing an underage child for sexual acts.
DNA is the basic block of information that make up a person, as well as a tool used in many a criminal trail and investigation. Since its first accepted use in court as evidence, DNA has been used by both prosecutors and defense attorneys in sex crime cases across the country. As technology becomes more reliable and easy to use there is a growing governmental movement to sample, store, and use DNA on a national scale.
The common term sex crime has many different meanings, just as the legal term covers many different situations. When many Arizona residents hear the term sex crime, the details of the alleged act take a backseat to each individual's preconceived notions as they flood the brain with less than desirable thoughts. Regardless of what any individual may want to happen or thinks should happen, the law is the law. Meaning, even welcomed advances and acts can still be very much illegal.
The lines between what is acceptable and what is not have become increasingly blurred as technology continues to advance. Many alleged sex crimes today inexplicably have a technological aspect forcing trendy words such as sexting to become more and more mainstream. Actions which were once private and intimate have been brought into the realm of mainstream media and politics muddying the waters of what is illegal and what is just bad taste.
A Phoenix woman was recently arrested and held in jail after being charged with multiple counts of sexual contact with a minor. The woman allegedly posed as a teenager on Facebook to garner the interest of others. She stands accused of engaging in alleged sexual acts with two boys -- both of whom are reportedly under the age of 18 -- while posing as a teenager.
As Arizona residents know, those convicted of crimes involving sexual misconduct often incite the worst kind of condemnation from the public. In an effort to prevent offenders from committing future sex crimes, lawmakers have routinely restricted the rights of convicted sex offenders. One such restriction regarding the use of Facebook and other social media has been challenged a federal appeals court.
Human smuggling is one of the fasting growing crimes in the world according to a Department of Homeland Security Investigations agent. Along the U.S.-Mexico border, agents are looking to rescue the victims of sex crimes while finding and prosecuting their clients. The agent reported that most of the crimes they see involve minors who are made to have sex with adult males in exchange for drugs or money.