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From the depths of the dark web, the identities and location of pimps can be scrubbed. 'Laptop' via www.shutterstock.com

How the American online sex trade continues to thrive

Two criminologists wanted to learn the tricks of the trade so they went to the source, interviewing over 70 pimps.
Peter Dutton dismissed many of the ‘Nauru files’, including those documenting sexual assault, as ‘false allegations in an attempt to get to Australia’. AAP/Dan Peled

The Nauru files: why don’t we believe victims of sexual abuse?

Peter Dutton’s comments reinforced historically ingrained ideas about sexual assault victims as being 'unreliable' or 'untrustworthy'.
Television serial killer Dexter may be more of a psychopath than a sociopath due to his methodically delivered kills. Pimkie/Flickr

Psychopaths versus sociopaths: what is the difference?

Psychopaths and sociopaths have similar characteristics, lacking remorse or empathy for others. And they can both be violent, deceitful and manipulative. But what are the differences between the two?
In matters of ‘security’ social problems, the persistent undesirable condition has been that of the ‘boat people’. AAP/Scott Fisher

Defining deviance: four steps in constructing a threat to security

In matters of national security, who is deviant and poses a threat to our safety depends on the claims made by those in positions of power and the sociopolitical climate. The news media are crucial in…
The painting of the Sistine Chapel was an exercise in logistics, which can be analysed for insights into who and what was involved in its creation. The same goes for any crime requiring some organisation. EPA

Forensic logistics: this crime ‘howdunit’ is sexier than it sounds

Mention the word “logistics” and most people would probably think of trucks or the shipping of freight at a mundane best. A more textbook definition might be that logistics is the managed movement of resources…
Guns were part of Pistorius’ life at home and in public. EPA/Phill Magakoe/Pool

Pistorius verdict reflects a troubling relationship with guns

South African paralympic athlete Oscar Pistorius has been found not guilty of the murder of his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp. The presiding judge, Thokozile Masipa, found him guilty, though, of culpable…

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