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Alaska Sex-Trafficking Task Force Holds Hearing

Alaska Sex-Trafficking Task Force Holds Hearing | Criminology and Economic Theory | Scoop.it
Alaska task force holds hearing on sex trafficking; authorities say problem is underreported...
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Kimberly,
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My guess is that it's everywhere. It may be preying on immigrants or just on foster home graduates.
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So, for instance, a "bottom-b!tch" (yes, that's a term of art meaning the pimps number one girl) allows herself to be picked up and sent to a foster home. Once at the foster home, she regails the other girls with how glamorous the lifestyle is and shows jewelry, pics, etc. This works to convince some of the girls to run away with her: at which point the pimp picks them all up.

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Grandson of Hamas Founder Says He Faces Certain Death if Canada Deports Him Back to the West Bank | VICE News

Grandson of Hamas Founder Says He Faces Certain Death if Canada Deports Him Back to the West Bank | VICE News | Criminology and Economic Theory | Scoop.it
"This is problematic," she told VICE News. "The question of the age at which one participates in activities, whether or not one participates in activities, and the extent to which one participates in any kind of criminality, those things are all relevant in Canadian criminal law. But the standards of proof and definition of proof in an immigration law context are much poorer and much fuzzier than in the criminal law."

Calvin says he faces certain death if sent back to the West Bank. "It will be a race between my family and Hamas to kill me," he told VICE News.

If not executed for his Christianity, he will be killed for his sexuality, he says, after coming out as gay to Canadian media earlier this year. 
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The Real 'Wolf of Wall Street'? | VICE | United States

The Real 'Wolf of Wall Street'? | VICE | United States | Criminology and Economic Theory | Scoop.it
In the mid 1990s, Leonardo DiCaprio was the king of the world. He was also friends with Dana Giacchetto, a former investment banker who went to jail for misappropriating $9 million and claims he's the real inspiration for The Wolf of Wall Street.
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Noam Chomsky: Why the Internet Hasn't Freed Our Minds -- Propaganda Continues to Dominate

The noted scholar offers his thoughts on the current media landscape in the era of the World Wide Web and Edward Snowden.
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With Booze and Tobacco Taboo, Utah Leads Nation in Candy Eating

With Booze and Tobacco Taboo, Utah Leads Nation in Candy Eating | Criminology and Economic Theory | Scoop.it

"More than 60 percent of Utah’s residents are Mormons, who typically abstain from alcohol, caffeine and tobacco. With those vices frowned upon, candy is an acceptable treat.  Hispanics like Hershey’s Cookies ’n Creme bars in disproportionate numbers, and Minnesotan buy six-packs of Hershey bars at higher rates than any other Americans, particularly in the summer (think s’mores)."

 

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This report brings up three interesting tidbits about candy consumption in the United States, but this is also a good article to discuss how businesses should take geography and demographic statistics seriously when crafting their marketing strategies.  

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11 Facts That Will Change The Way You Think About Jails In America

11 Facts That Will Change The Way You Think About Jails In America | Criminology and Economic Theory | Scoop.it
A new report by the Vera Institute of Justice that shows just how costly jail stays can be for inmates, for their communities, and for taxpayers.
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Though jail is pre-trial, it's much more likely to result in prison over those who make bail or are released for other reasons; yet, those who are poor are much less likely to be granted pre-trial release....and, even if found innocent, the person is going to come up more poor than ever.

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Lie Detector Brain Scans Could Be the Future of Murder Trials | VICE | United States

Lie Detector Brain Scans Could Be the Future of Murder Trials | VICE | United States | Criminology and Economic Theory | Scoop.it
As Gary Smith prepares to go into his third (and likely final) trial for the murder of Mike McQueen, VICE takes a look at the cutting edge lie detector that could have shifted the balance in Smith's favor.
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New Dark-Web Market Is Selling Zero-Day Exploits to Hackers | WIRED

New Dark-Web Market Is Selling Zero-Day Exploits to Hackers | WIRED | Criminology and Economic Theory | Scoop.it
A darknet marketplace called TheRealDeal Market has emerged, focusing on brokering hackers’ zero-day attack methods.
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The VC Who Bought the Silk Road's $19M Bitcoin Cache | WIRED

The VC Who Bought the Silk Road's $19M Bitcoin Cache | WIRED | Criminology and Economic Theory | Scoop.it
Casascius/CC The nearly 30,000 bitcoins auctioned off by the U.S. Marshals Service last week will be put to use building digital currency businesses outside of the United States. The bitcoins are part of a massive cache of digital currency seized by the feds in connection with last year’s bust of the Silk Road online drug…
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Darpa Is Developing a Search Engine for the Dark Web | WIRED

Darpa Is Developing a Search Engine for the Dark Web | WIRED | Criminology and Economic Theory | Scoop.it
A new search engine being developed by Darpa aims to shine a light on the dark web and uncover patterns and relationships in online data to help law enforcement and others track illegal activity. The project, dubbed Memex, has been in the works for a year and is being developed by 17 different contractor teams…
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Read the Transcript of Silk Road's Boss Ordering 5 Assassinations with the Hells Angels

Read the Transcript of Silk Road's Boss Ordering 5 Assassinations with the Hells Angels | Criminology and Economic Theory | Scoop.it
Courtesy Ulbricht Family Many of the ideological supporters of the Silk Road have described its sprawling online black market for drugs as an experiment in victimless crime and a nonviolent alternative to the bloody turf wars of the streets. But prosecutors in the trial of Ross Ulbricht, the 30-year-old accused of running that anonymous bazaar, have…
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I have been asked before in my classes why I give so much benefit of the doubt to street gangs and not the bikers: read this transcript and you'll understand what problems we have from these folks.  Kids on the street are doing the best they can with what life dealt them.  These men are on a different level from those kids.  They fancy themselves the government and the police and they have veiled themselves from the harm they cause.

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How the Feds Took Down the Silk Road Drug Wonderland | WIRED

How the Feds Took Down the Silk Road Drug Wonderland | WIRED | Criminology and Economic Theory | Scoop.it
The dramatic takedown of the Silk Road drug market and the arrest of its alleged owner on drug trafficking and murder-for-hire charges last month began in part with an offhand tip to Department of Homeland Security investigators in Maryland in mid-2011.
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Shorter version of the story here.

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Ross Ulbricht Didn't Create Silk Road's Dread Pirate Roberts. This Guy Did | WIRED

Ross Ulbricht Didn't Create Silk Road's Dread Pirate Roberts. This Guy Did | WIRED | Criminology and Economic Theory | Scoop.it
As Ulbricht's trial unfolded over the last month, one character appeared again and again in the chat logs prosecutors pulled from the laptop seized at the time of Ulbricht's arrest: a character calling himself Variety Jones, and later, cimon.
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JUST 251: this series is key to a component of criminology: the cyber cops.

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Shimane Prefecture will give you a house…but only if you promise to stay for 25 years

Shimane Prefecture will give you a house…but only if you promise to stay for 25 years | Criminology and Economic Theory | Scoop.it
Tsuwano in Shimane Prefecture thinks they’ve hit upon an idea for injecting some new, young blood into their town. They’re giving houses away for (kind of) free! Of course, there are a few stipulations.
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7 Things People Who Say They're 'Fiscally Conservative But Socially Liberal' Don't Understand

Social and economic issues are deeply intertwined.
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Defendants Using Biographical Videos to Show Judges Another Side at Sentencing

Defendants Using Biographical Videos to Show Judges Another Side at Sentencing | Criminology and Economic Theory | Scoop.it
Defense lawyers are embracing video as a way to help them tell what they hope will be a more favorable story about their clients.
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Suspect being chased by cops calls 911 to get rid of them

Suspect being chased by cops calls 911 to get rid of them | Criminology and Economic Theory | Scoop.it
"Stop chasing me! I am going to crash!" said the man being pursued in a stolen car from Concord to Berkeley, in the Bay Area. "Tell him to stop chasing me! Tell the helicopter to get away from me!"

The California Highway Patrol was chasing the suspect late Sunday night, driving down three separate highways, jeopardizing other drivers with the police chopper on his tail, but refusing to pull over. Eventually, he crashed into an SUV, injuring the other driver.

But he also managed to escape the crash and police have launched a manhunt for him. Watch the video to here the 911 call.
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Forged Drug Lab Results Could Lead To Release Of Thousands Inmates (VIDEO)

Forged Drug Lab Results Could Lead To Release Of Thousands Inmates (VIDEO) | Criminology and Economic Theory | Scoop.it
A recent court decision could help free tens of thousands of people who may have been wrongly accused of drug-related crimes, based on forged evidence from a state crime lab.

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John Nash, mathematician portrayed in A Beautiful Mind, dies in taxi crash at 86

John Nash, mathematician portrayed in A Beautiful Mind, dies in taxi crash at 86 | Criminology and Economic Theory | Scoop.it
John Nash, the Nobel prize-winning mathematician whose life story inspired the film A Beautiful Mind, was killed with his wife Alicia in taxi cab crash in New Jersey on Saturday night, police said.
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Nash brought us the stunning revelation that working together improves everyone's lot.  Life is a Team Sport--proven by economic theory.  He won the Nobel Prize for this work.

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The Darkest Place on the Internet Isn't Just for Criminals | WIRED

The Darkest Place on the Internet Isn't Just for Criminals | WIRED | Criminology and Economic Theory | Scoop.it
Dissidents around the world use Darknet services to avoid authoritarian forces.
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Want to See Domestic Spying's Future? Follow the Drug War | WIRED

Want to See Domestic Spying's Future? Follow the Drug War | WIRED | Criminology and Economic Theory | Scoop.it
The early targets that have signaled shifts in America's domestic surveillance techniques weren't activists and political dissidents, or terrorists. They've been drug dealers.
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A Heroin Dealer Tells the Silk Road Jury What It Was Like to Sell Drugs Online | WIRED

A Heroin Dealer Tells the Silk Road Jury What It Was Like to Sell Drugs Online | WIRED | Criminology and Economic Theory | Scoop.it
Ross Ulbricht. Courtesy Ulbricht FamilyFor its two and a half years online, thousands of drug dealers sold every kind of narcotic imaginable on the anonymous online marketplace known as the Silk Road. But put one of the site’s heroin dealers in a courtroom and ask him questions under oath, and the scale and consequences of…
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Silk Road Boss' First Murder-for-Hire Was His Mentor's Idea | WIRED

Silk Road Boss' First Murder-for-Hire Was His Mentor's Idea | WIRED | Criminology and Economic Theory | Scoop.it
A newly revealed chat log shows it was not the creator of the Silk Road who first suggested enlisting the services of a hit man, but rather his top advisor and mentor.
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The Most Dangerous People on the Internet Right Now | WIRED

The Most Dangerous People on the Internet Right Now | WIRED | Criminology and Economic Theory | Scoop.it
If only the internet had its own version of Lost in Space’s robot to herald every lurking hazard or menace with an unequivocal warning. Unfortunately Robot B-9 isn’t available. So in his absence we’ve compiled a list of candidates we consider to be this year’s most dangerous. We’ve taken a broad view of danger, though—it’s not just about who is potentially a danger to public safety, but also about entities who might be considered a danger simply because they rock the status quo.
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The NSA (although with cliped wings as of yesterday);

Stingrays (capturing cell phone data in a neighborhood near you);

Edward Snowden (tattletale extraordinaire);

Kim Jong-un (Hacker in-Chief);

Cody Wilson (3-D printable gun guy);

Amir Taaki (He and Cody W. brought you Dark Wallet);

Verto (Something even worse than the Dark Web with no server backbone, P2P);

Preet Bharara (Prosecutor from hell).

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Feds Arrest Alleged 'Dread Pirate Roberts,' the Brain Behind the Silk Road Drug Site | WIRED

Feds Arrest Alleged 'Dread Pirate Roberts,' the Brain Behind the Silk Road Drug Site | WIRED | Criminology and Economic Theory | Scoop.it
The FBI has arrested the San Francisco man they say ran Silk Road, the notorious underground digital bazaar that allowed traffickers to anonymously peddle heroin, cocaine and nearly anything else illegal.
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