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Alaska Sex-Trafficking Task Force Holds Hearing

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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.
Rob Duke's comment, November 16, 2012 2:43 PM
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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UPDATED: After Controversy, Toys R Us Pulls 'Breaking Bad' Action Figures

UPDATED: After Controversy, Toys R Us Pulls 'Breaking Bad' Action Figures | Criminology and Economic Theory | Scoop.it
One Florida mom started a petition calling on the retailer to stop selling action figures based on drug dealers in its stores. Toys R Us had said the Breaking Bad toys were meant for adults.
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Young man fatally shot at L.A. traffic light after being asked where he’s from 

Young man fatally shot at L.A. traffic light after being asked where he’s from  | Criminology and Economic Theory | Scoop.it
A young man in Los Angeles was fatally shot by men in an adjacent car while he and his girlfriend waited at a traffic light on Tuesday afternoon.
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Increased somatic morbidity in the first year after leaving opioid maintenance treatment: results from a Norwegian cohort study

From Norway, strong evidence that being in a methadone or buprenorphine maintenance programme protects heroin-dependent patients from drug-related ill-health including life-threatening overdoses and infections, even if the treatment has not completely subdued illegal drug use.


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The end of harmony

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Political Order and Political Decay: From the Industrial Revolution to the Globalisation of Democracy. By Francis Fukuyama. Farrar, Straus and Giroux; 658 pages;...
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Rental America: Why the poor pay $4,150 for a $1,500 sofa

Rental America: Why the poor pay $4,150 for a $1,500 sofa | Criminology and Economic Theory | Scoop.it
No credit, no cash, no bank account? There’s still a place to go shopping, but it comes at a price.
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Katrina Miller's comment, October 22, 2:38 AM
To put it simply, this is the fault of the consumer. Without a demand for the outrageously priced items, stores such as "Buddy's" would not be in business. From a business perspective, it is actually quite logical for charging such prices. You take a high risk by selling products to a group of consumers with higher than average failure rates and no cash up front. Per the article, 75% of the products sold by such stores are repo'd or returned, so the store is actually making 75% of the original price - - approximately $1038 on the originally $4150 sofa. Additionally, the family in this article display impulsive actions (adding more products to their already over consuming debt), thus supporting my initial argument that the consumer is who is really at fault.
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The Stigmatized Poor: In the Margins of Society

The Stigmatized Poor: In the Margins of Society | Criminology and Economic Theory | Scoop.it
Poverty is a stigmatized experience and a burden the poor have to carry. Society often associates poor people with laziness and various types of crimes.
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Weaponised

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WHEN five assailants armed with long knives started murdering bystanders at a railway station in the south-western Chinese city of Kunming on March 1st, the first...
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My dad, the pornographer: How “Deep Throat” forever changed my childhood

My dad, the pornographer: How “Deep Throat” forever changed my childhood | Criminology and Economic Theory | Scoop.it
I had a quiet suburban adolescence until Dad was busted on federal obscenity charges for distributing "Deep Throat"
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When crime is unchecked

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EXACTLY 200 years ago, in the badlands of southwestern Mexico, rebels fighting Spanish rule drafted the country’s first political charter. The so-called...
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S. Korea concert planner found dead after 16 die

S. Korea concert planner found dead after 16 die | Criminology and Economic Theory | Scoop.it
A South Korean man involved in planning an outdoor pop concert where 16 people were killed after falling through a ventilation grate was found dead Saturday in an apparent suicide, officials said, as doctors treated eight others facing life-threatening injuries from the disaster.
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Social control is very powerful in the Koreas.

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Elizabeth Sheppard's comment, October 19, 4:48 AM
This shows the difference between cultures. There is a strong social control in Korea as well. The individual Im sure could not live with the consequences and was looked as a great dishonor for what had happened to those people. His quality of life would probably have been pretty horrible and he would not be able to overcome this by moving. Korea just recently had that ferry disaster that left 300 dead. The owner of that sunken ferry boat was later found dead. The family had fled after the incident, In the US I think the owners would just go to court and try to pay their way out of it and hope that people forgot and then they just move to another state to let it blow over.
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Inside the Mind of an Alleged Serial Killer

Inside the Mind of an Alleged Serial Killer | Criminology and Economic Theory | Scoop.it
An accused serial killer from Brazil pleaded guilty to killing 39 people, including many women and homeless people. Experts say his kill list is a common one.
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Michael Dunn sentenced to life without parole for killing of Florida teenager

Michael Dunn sentenced to life without parole for killing of Florida teenager | Criminology and Economic Theory | Scoop.it
Dunn given maximum possible sentence plus 90 years for killing of 17-year-old Jordan Davis and three attempted murders in ‘loud music’ dispute
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Elizabeth Sheppard's comment, October 19, 5:02 AM
This guy deserved what he got, I have read a few articles on this case. The kid did not deserve what happened to him. Yes kids can be disrespectful and play loud music. This guy killed him and had no remorse. It was not a self defense. The guy left the scene when on his way like nothing happened then called the cops the next day. If it was self defense his reaction would be different. He also seem like an arrogant bigot who thought he could get away with it. I don't know if I was the mother of the victim that I could forgive him. Im glad he didn't get away with it.
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Profile of a fraudster-infographic


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How Police Say Two Women Almost Got Away With Stealing Houses

How Police Say Two Women Almost Got Away With Stealing Houses | Criminology and Economic Theory | Scoop.it
When one woman went to check her mail one day, she discovered someone had stolen her house.
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California prisons agree to end race-based lockdowns

California prisons agree to end race-based lockdowns | Criminology and Economic Theory | Scoop.it
In settling a federal civil rights suit, California prisons agreed Wednesday to no longer base lockdowns on inmates' race or ethnicity.
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States Ease Interest Rate Laws That Protected Poor Borrowers

States Ease Interest Rate Laws That Protected Poor Borrowers | Criminology and Economic Theory | Scoop.it
Lawmakers in several states have voted to increase the fees or the interest rates that lenders can charge on personal loans used by millions of poor or financially struggling borrowers.

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We're taken for suckers everyday by this kind of bullshit. I believe that there's an awakening happening among the 98%, and I believe we're capable of changing our country for the better.

 

"The lenders argued that interest rate caps had not kept pace with the increased costs of doing business, including running branches and hiring employees. Unless they can make an acceptable profit, the industry says, lenders will not be able to offer loans allowing people with damaged credit to pay for car repairs or medical bills.

 

"But a recent regulatory filing by one of the nation’s largest subprime consumer lenders, Citigroup’s OneMain Financial unit, shows that making personal loans to people on the financial margins can be a highly profitable business — even before state lending laws were changed. Last year, OneMain’s profit increased 31 percent from 2012.

 

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"Under the previous law, lenders could charge 30 percent interest on loans up to $1,000 and 18 percent on a remaining balance of $6,500. The new law allows for rates of up to 30 percent on the first $4,000 of a loan and 24 percent on the next $4,000.

 

"North Carolina lawmakers, meanwhile, collected hundreds of thousands of dollars in campaign donations from the consumer finance industry. Speaker Thom Tillis, who supported the bill in the House, was one of the biggest beneficiaries. Mr. Tillis, a Republican who is running for United States Senate, has received more money from the American Financial Services Association than any other Senate candidate, according to OpenSecrets.org.

 

"Mr. Tillis’s campaign manager, Jordan Shaw, said the donations did not sway his voting record. “He wanted to make sure that people still have these loans as an option,” Mr. Shaw said."

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Nurse Accused Of Killing 38 Patients She Found Annoying

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A nurse in Italy is accused of killing 38 patients because she thought they were “annoying.”

Daniela Poggiali was arrested Friday on murder charges, Italian newspaper Corriere di Bologna reports. The 42-year-old nurse caught the atten...
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Katrina Miller's comment, October 22, 2:22 AM
Wow, how inhumane. This nurse should be charged with 38 murder charges, should sufficient evidence arise that the other 37 had undergone a similar situation. Capital punishment would not apply in this case, as Italy abolished the use of capital punishment in 1889. I'd like more information on what Italy's legal protections are for "respecting the dead" and what type of punishment this nurse could face for maltreatment of corpse(s).
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Why People are Fascinated by Serial Killers

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In trying to make sense of the darkest extremes of human behavior, the public turns murderers into myths and monsters.
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Oscar Pistorius Sentenced to 5 Years in Prison for Killing Girlfriend

Oscar Pistorius Sentenced to 5 Years in Prison for Killing Girlfriend | Criminology and Economic Theory | Scoop.it
The South African track star, who was found guilty of culpable homicide, could serve only 10 months of his term before being placed on house arrest.
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Iranian Fathers and the Diverse Daughters They’ve Raised

Iranian Fathers and the Diverse Daughters They’ve Raised | Criminology and Economic Theory | Scoop.it
While living in Malaysia, Nafise Motlaq found the way people talked about her home country, Iran, disturbing. They seemed to lack a realistic vision of the country because they relied mostly on stereotypes and hearsay. Inspired by this frustration and a trip home to visit her father, Motlaq, a senior lecturer at Universiti...
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Prison bankers cash in on captive customers

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Private company profits by helping prisons squeeze inmates' families for cash.
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Horror Crash Shows Why You Never, Ever Pass A Truck Before Your Exit

Horror Crash Shows Why You Never, Ever Pass A Truck Before Your Exit | Criminology and Economic Theory | Scoop.it
To every single human being I have seen cutting across multiple lanes to rush to their highway exit: this could happen to you.
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Mexican cartel claims to kill blogger-activist, posts grisly pictures via her Twitter account

Mexican cartel claims to kill blogger-activist, posts grisly pictures via her Twitter account | Criminology and Economic Theory | Scoop.it
Maria del Rosario Fuentes Rubio is identified as a citizen-journalist by people online, one who tracked violence committed by narcotraffickers and publicized shootouts online and via her Twitter feed in the hope of saving lives.
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Identifying fraud, waste, and abuse in the supply chain

Identifying fraud, waste, and abuse in the supply chain | Criminology and Economic Theory | Scoop.it
Everyday supply-chain transactions pose some of the biggest fraud, waste, and abuse risks companies face. But few companies are equipped to monitor the risks or detect breaches with the help of analytics, according to a global survey  conducted by Deloitte.

Of the 3,600 executives and managers polled, 47% did not know whether their company had experienced fraud, waste, or abuse in its supply chain during the past 12 months. Meanwhile, 50% said they did not know how often their company monitored its third-party suppliers, shippers, and vendors.

About 40% said their companies have detection and prevention programmes in place.

The portion of respondents who didn’t know about supply-chain fraud, waste, and abuse incidents surprised Mark Pearson, a principal with Deloitte Financial Advisory Services and fraud investigator. Survey participants were in positions where they should have known, he said. He also said it is likely that some of the respondents who answered “don’t know” experienced fraud, waste, or abuse in the supply chain in the past 12 months.

Further, he said, programmes that were in place to detect breaches could be improved. “A robust programme is going to be a balance of solid control framework and a continuous or somewhat periodic monitoring programme,” he added.

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Katrina Miller's comment, October 22, 2:48 AM
For someone going into the supply chain field, this article was actually quite intriguing. It makes me curious about what systems/protocols my company has in place to mitigate fraud and abuse. I know we have a few checks and balances, such as at least three employees must sign off on a vendor/company transaction. Of course, the tradeoff is that efficiency is decreased in the process.
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Why firefighters own homes and bartenders do not

Why firefighters own homes and bartenders do not | Criminology and Economic Theory | Scoop.it
Firefighters, police officers, farmers and toolmakers were more likely to own a home than lawyers and judges, according to a new analysis.
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