This piece by Amit Varma on victimless crimes reminds me of something I've been thinking of recently about illegal prostitution.
Like I wrote earlier on this blog, there's no such thing called free sex. Sex has costs, just like any other thing, not all of it is monetary - emotional baggage, burden of relationship, so on. But money can (and often is) used to incentivise sex between two consenting adults (think flowers, booze, etc) none of this is considered a crime. But when money changes hands directly - without flowers intervening for example - it suddenly becomes a crime. Hypocrisy? not a new term for governance is it?